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Old 08-09-2007, 01:07 AM
 
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VIETNAM VETERAN PARADE: November 10,2007, marks the 25th Anniversary of The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Mall. November 10,2007, marks the 25th Anniversary of The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Mall

Visit the above link for details about the parade and events. The parade is not about the politics surrounding the Vietnam War. The organizers expect over 50,000 veterans to march that day.
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Old 08-09-2007, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Roanoke VA
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Thanks for the news about the Vietnam Veterans event in DC. Recently, I took a guy to the Wall who had never been to DC(we're only about 3+ hrs away). He lost his Dad during that war and wanted to pay his respects.
The people there were very helpful and instantly found my friends' Dad and had a copy made for him. It was a real emotional experience for me, although I never fought there. I will always remember that day. I remember when that memorial was designed and there was so much controversy about its simple design. I think it has become the most powerful memorial in Washington, plus its within view of the Lincoln Memorial. I think it sums up what a visit to Washington should be about. The Vietnam era vets are Americas best!!
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Old 08-09-2007, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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When I visited the wall, I walked over from Crystal City. It was the longest walk in my life. I could see the wall but had to stop and set on a bench for a bit. Then I started out again, only to have to set on another bench. Each bench was a time for reflection. I finally got to the wall and was able to see many friends there. No, not in person. But by name. Just rubbing my hand across their engraved names meant a lot to me.

I will forever be changed by going there.
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Old 08-09-2007, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Sacramento
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When I visited the wall, I walked over from Crystal City. It was the longest walk in my life. I could see the wall but had to stop and set on a bench for a bit. Then I started out again, only to have to set on another bench. Each bench was a time for reflection. I finally got to the wall and was able to see many friends there. No, not in person. But by name. Just rubbing my hand across their engraved names meant a lot to me.

I will forever be changed by going there.
Yes, it is a very powerful experience. I was living in DC during the debate about building it, and it received a lot of criticism while under design. I think it came out very well, and has served a valuable purpose.
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Old 08-10-2007, 12:12 AM
 
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Thanks for the news about the Vietnam Veterans event in DC. Recently, I took a guy to the Wall who had never been to DC(we're only about 3+ hrs away). He lost his Dad during that war and wanted to pay his respects.
The people there were very helpful and instantly found my friends' Dad and had a copy made for him. It was a real emotional experience for me, although I never fought there. I will always remember that day. I remember when that memorial was designed and there was so much controversy about its simple design. I think it has become the most powerful memorial in Washington, plus its within view of the Lincoln Memorial. I think it sums up what a visit to Washington should be about. The Vietnam era vets are Americas best!!
Thank you very much for your comments.
Jack
Combined Action Program (CAP) The Experiences Of A Vietnam Veteran
Vietnam 1970-71
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Old 08-10-2007, 12:19 AM
 
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When I visited the wall, I walked over from Crystal City. It was the longest walk in my life. I could see the wall but had to stop and set on a bench for a bit. Then I started out again, only to have to set on another bench. Each bench was a time for reflection. I finally got to the wall and was able to see many friends there. No, not in person. But by name. Just rubbing my hand across their engraved names meant a lot to me.

I will forever be changed by going there.
It's an extremely emotional place. But I love visiting it. Each time, I have different emotions. I was last there, this Memorial Day weekend/ Rolling Thunder.

My first time there was just like your first. I kept on stopping before I looked into the book to find my buddies' names.
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