Thursday, September 3, 2009

THE VIETNAM WAR MEMORIAL IS AT THOMPSON PARK

Once again you have the opportunity to see one of America's most powerful and emotional memorials ever created. The Wall is a silent tribute to the troupes that died during the Vietnam War. It also serves as a Memorial to those who served in this war, both living and dead.

Almost like a mirror, you can see me pretty plainly as I snap this pic. They stood in front of me and gave their lives to make sure my freedoms were secure. I had shed a few tears by the time I reached the end of the Wall thinking about that. I always think of that scene in Rambo where he talks about the horrors of that war and then they came home to be spit on and called baby killers. I wonder how we could have done that, and I am grateful we came to our senses and honored them as they deserved.



A lot of time went in to setting this up. You step along a stone walk as you view the names, surrounded by red wood chips and flowers. American flags and the black and white flags that remind us of our POW MIA's line your journey as well. The black reflective surface is inscribed with more than 58,000 military personnel who died or are missing in Vietnam. Created in 1990, the replica is 8 feet high and 240 feet long.




While it looks like a strange design on the side, it is the names of The Fallen or Missing on the wall that you see.





Here is a basic schedule of the events while the wall is here.
September 4- Opening ceremony at 6pm with Guest Speaker Brigadier General John Bahnasen of the United States Army

September 5- POW MIA Ceremony starting at 6:30 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance sung by 7 year old Sarah Harrold. This is the biggest night as over 1700 motorcycles are coming through to honor those who fought in the Vietnam War.

The Wall will be at Thompson Park through September 7. For more information on The Wall please check this link out: http://thewall-usa.com/information.asp

1 comment:

Autumnforest said...

I've never been more touched by a memorial than when I saw that in DC. It made me have to turn away and gather myself again. What a poignant tribute. No guts and glory, just real facts...name after name after name after name...