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    Even now, the sound of a helicopter or a phrase of Vietnamese can carry Len Funk back to the war.

    In a bar or restaurant, Mike Kentes still sits where he can keep an eye on the door.

    And years after Hugh Jordan would sleep through the roar of outgoing artillery, his ears still ring from the thunder of the heavy guns.

    Twenty-five years ago, the three men were young and proud as they attended the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, marching in berets and fatigues only a decade or so removed from the battlefield and basking in the applause.

    This week, thousands like them are again gathering in Washington, this time to observe the 25th anniversary of the Wall. A downtown parade and other activities are scheduled for Saturday, and commemorative ceremonies will be held Sunday at the Wall.

    But now the men and women of the Vietnam War era are aging and gray and more than 30 years removed from the conflict. Many have jobs near the top of their fields, and, numbering 7.2 million*, they make up the nation's largest veterans group. Seventeen of them sit in Congress.

    "Military veterans of Vietnam have had an extraordinary influence on American society," said Jan C. Scruggs, founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which built the Wall.
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    FULL ARTICLE - MSNBC

    * Probably a typo, the VN vets are around 2.7 millions I believe, unless the author refers to the total number of people who served in the armed forces during the period of the Vietnam War.

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    Originally posted by Boonierat View Post
    FULL ARTICLE - MSNBC

    * Probably a typo, the VN vets are around 2.7 millions I believe, unless the author refers to the total number of people who served in the armed forces during the period of the Vietnam War.
    The 2005 US Census put the total number of Vietnam era veterans at 8.2 million. In other words, everyone in uniform during the ten years of the Vietnam war. In any event, there are a lot of us who actually served in-country.
    www.RadioVietnam.net

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    • #3
      I've been to this wall and to the travelling wall (Jan Scruggs gave me an autographed copy of his book, too).

      It's sad that this year the memorial has been vandalized by people opposed to another war. Fortunately, the damage (as far as I have heard) was temporary and not serious.

      To be honest, I am opposed to the idea that every Tom, Dick, and Harry deserves a monument. It seems you can't kick over a rock in DC and the surrounding area without finding a memorial to someone. This memorial, however, I one I support and will continue to support.

      A big thank you to those of you who served in Vietnam.
      Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
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      • #4
        There's an article about the wall in the latest issue of Vietnam, I didn't know it was designed by a 21-year old architecture student called Maya Ying Lin.

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        • #5
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          NEVER FORGET



          ..A Freeper Vet goes to the Vietnam Wall..

          http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1019769/posts



          NEVER FORGET

          .
          Signed: "ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer / Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965, LZ Falcon

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          • #6
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            NEVER FORGET


            3 selfless lifesavers who did all that they could, rather successfully, during the 1st major battle of the Vietnam War to minimize the number of Heroes' names now standing so very tall on the Vietnam Wall's 3rd Panel East:


            Major BRUCE CRANDALL = Medal of Honor

            http://www.ArmchairGeneral.com/forum...ad.php?t=48215


            Lt. RICK RESCORLA = 9/11 Lifesaver

            http://www.ArmchairGeneral.com/forum...ad.php?t=24361


            Lt. Col. HAL G. MOORE = Battle of IA DRANG-1965 Commander

            http://www.ArmchairGeneral.com/forum...ad.php?t=14752




            Signed:..A Battle of IA DRANG-1965 Witness
            "ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer

            http://www.lzxray.com/guyer_set1.htm

            http://www.lzxray.com/guyer_collection.htm



            NEVER FORGET
            Last edited by ALOHA RONNIE; 06 Nov 07, 09:33.
            Signed: "ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer / Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965, LZ Falcon

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            • #7
              I just returned from this event. They are now reading all the names on the Vietnam Wall 24 hours a day, day and night, good weather and bad. It will be Sunday before all the reading is done.

              I was fortunate enough to read one of my original poems on Tuesday afternoon during a special time set up for praise by poetry and songs. The audience was small, but the other performers were tremendous. You could tell what they said and did was from their hearts.

              I got to wondering where all the people were and realized that the Vietnam veterans have lost half of our audience. Our parents are now deceased or too ill to come to these events anymore. I pray they are now at long last able to hug their sons which were torn away from them.
              "If you are right, then you are right even if everyone says you are wrong. If you are wrong then you are wrong even if everyone says you are right." William Penn.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by trailboss49 View Post
                I just returned from this event.
                Thanks for going, Trailboss, and thanks for reporting back to us.
                Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
                Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


                "Never pet a burning dog."

                RECOMMENDED WEBSITES:
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                http://www.sca.org
                http://www.scv.org/
                http://www.scouting.org/

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                • #9
                  Going to The Wall with my son and being able to actually participate in an activity involving it was a dream come true. I cannot tell you the humility I felt when more than one guy came up to me and said, "Welcome home Brother."
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                  "If you are right, then you are right even if everyone says you are wrong. If you are wrong then you are wrong even if everyone says you are right." William Penn.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Boonierat View Post
                    There's an article about the wall in the latest issue of Vietnam, I didn't know it was designed by a 21-year old architecture student called Maya Ying Lin.
                    While her design was fantastic and turned out very well, I think few people see it the way she does. She said in her vision the depression in the ground represents a wound in the ground which symbolizes the wound caused by the loss of the soldiers. I have never thought of it as a wound and still do not, even after knowing how she sees it. I don't think many people think of it this way.

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