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The Viet Nam Wall.......


Kirk W

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We have visited both the one in Washington DC and the traveling one but whether you have been there or not, this site is well worth some time to explore it.

 

First click on a state. When it opens, scroll down to the city and the names will appear.

Then click on their names.It should show you a picture of the person, or at least their bio and medals.

 

 

The Wall

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Thank you Kirk for providing this link. Regrettably 3 friends from my hometown are on the wall. Another is the younger brother of a friend I served with.

I have visited the permanent home of the traveling Wall in Truth or Consequences, NM. It's completely staffed by volunteers. Some day I plan to return.

edit: I discovered 30 men on the wall have the same last name as mine. That is mind staggering.

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I was overwhelmed by the wall in D.C. and I was one who stayed stateside. It has to be even more powerful for those who went to Viet Nam. The young woman who designed that wall knew what she was about. An immersive experience. If you haven't been yet, I highly recommend going. Once. As the guys said above.

 

Linda Sand

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I was born and raised in Washington DC, left for Parris Island in 1968 went to Vietnam in 1969 came home late 1970, discharged and took a job at the Washington Navy Yard until Dec.18th 1983, resigned and went into the U S Secret Service Dec.19th 1983, retired Jan. 7th 2007, left DC Jan 8th 2007 for Florida, I could never gather enough nerve to visit the Vietnam memorial. I tried...

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I went a couple of times the summer I volunteer in that area and I'm glad. I had seen the traveling wall in Fla in 1999. I was there when they opened the WW11 memorial. I went to all of them I could including Korean. I don't know that it made me feel any better but I am still glad I went. If I had not got the volunteer gig I might have never had the chance. I kind of think in the future some big important memorials should be put in the center of the country so more people could have a shot at visiting them. May sound kind of stupid but it seems kind of reasonable to me.

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I kind of think in the future some big important memorials should be put in the center of the country so more people could have a shot at visiting them. May sound kind of stupid but it seems kind of reasonable to me.

There's the Freedom Rock in Iowa. http://www.dailyyonder.com/freedom-rock-veterans-memorial-times-ten. Our visit to it was not as powerful as the wall but it was worth the stop. I wish I could go each year to see his current version in person.

 

Linda Sand

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I have visited "The Wall" in Washington DC as well as most of the other war memorials there and a good many other monuments and battlefields around the country. All of them seem to have a way of touching my soul, but The Wall is most special to me because there are two names on the wall that are known to me, and probably also because it took place during my time in service. I have also been to the traveling Wall on three different occasions, the latest having been this summer in Hot Springs, SD.

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There are several other such memorials that mean a great deal as well. It does add impact to most people when they have someone they knew among those honored dead.

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