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A Time of Reflection

May 30, 2019

This past Memorial Day weekend, I had the opportunity to see “The Moving Wall.” It was set up on the Village Green in our town. The wall is a half-size version of the original Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. and it tours the country. You can read more about it here.

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I was surprised by how I reacted when I saw the wall. It brought back memories of the late sixties when there were many protests going on – both peaceful and violent. It was a time when the Selective Service used lottery numbers to determine which men of draft age would be called to duty. My brother had a number, and we prayed he would never be called.

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Young men, many of whom had never been far from home, found themselves in a country filled with the unknown. Danger was everywhere. Besides the enemy, there were monsoon rains, insects, dense jungle foliage, heat, humidity, and the horrors of combat. It felt like an endless war – an unpopular war that did not end well.

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Looking at “The Moving Wall” brought sadness to my heart. It was a quiet, reflective time, as I thought of all those young people who left home to fulfill their duty to their country but never returned.

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“Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid.” –Colonel David Hackworth


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