The sight of the wall displaying all the names of the fallen men and women from the Viet Nam War is sobering to say the least. Having somewhere for the families and loved ones to be able to bring closure to their loss is extremely important. Moreover letting the veterans know that we as a people and a country care and appreciate their service to both this country and their fellow countrymen is extremely important.
I tried to soak in the somber and reverent mood surrounding the display. I’m not certain that I can convey that feeling here. I saw children with their parents leaving flowers for grandparents that they’ll never know other than through the memories of others. I saw women leaving notes to their boyfriends from long ago who went off to war and never returned. Most importantly I saw battle hardened veterans dealing with the pain of their fallen brothers and sisters in arms. I thank God Almighty for the willingness of these men and women to sacrifice for the wellbeing of mankind. Were it not for these brave men and women and their sacrifices we wouldn’t be afforded the liberties of this great nation that we live in today.
Hopefully in some small way those of you reading this can get a feeling of what it was like to visit this memorial. I trust you will be able to read the messages left by those fulfilling promises and by those telling beloved friends and family goodbye. Should you ever have an opportunity to visit either the memorial in D.C. or one of the traveling walls that tour the country I implore you to take time to visit so that you too will know the feelings that I’ve felt this week.