Skip to comments.Vietnam Wall - 25th Anniversary, Nov. 10,2007
Posted on 11/03/2007 5:09:05 PM PDT by trooprally
LIST of the WEEK'S EVENTS including Reading of the Names.
Here is a quick break down of Saturday's events.
There is going to be a Opening Ceremony from 10 AM till 11 AM on the Mall at 3rd ST. between Jefferson and Davis Drives.
Closes Metro is the Blue/Orange Line stop at Federal Center, SW. But if you want to enjoy a nice morning stroll along the Mall, any of the other stops are good.
There is a Parade from 11 AM til 4 PM. It appears to start where the opening Ceremony is and go to the Washington Monument grounds. The route is not given.
At the Washington Monument Grounds from 12 noon till 6 PM the flyer says "Parade participants and the general public can enjoy a variety of activities and street vendors".
There is a great line up of entertainers on Saturday.
The flyer also says book your rooms and make travel arrangements at www.vva.org
For all the Marines reading this thread - Happy Birthday on this Saturday. Semper Fi
D.C. chapter Master Ping List
Guarding Angels kept me off that Wall.
Thank you so much for your service.
Good Veterans Day to you and all those who served.
I did, and there I was, right in there with several of the folks I'd grown up with or served with ~ they were kind of clustered there ~ time dilation effect I'd imagine.
And when I saw that picture I can tell you my knees turned to water, and I was faint, and my heart doubled its normal rate and there was a throbbing in my temples.
Later on other folks showed me their pictures, and there they were ~ right there on the wall.
Then to add the additional dead due to the Elite Left, the Liberals and the Democrats supporting the Viet Cong and North Vietnam, makes me way too blood boiling mad to visit there.
I hope God can forgive those cowards and the new Liberal Democratic Party they have birthed to support the Islamic Terrorists over their own nation, because I cannot!
I've seen the Moving Wall in Texas and Oklahoma and made some rubbings of my fallen shipmates.
I've visited my great grandfather's name on a Vicksburg monument several times.
I take comfort in the thought that some remote descendent of mine will one day, far in the future, point me out to a friend and tell him/her that I did my duty in Vietnam and to my country and the Navy.
I'll second your thoughts.
For me, as time goes on, it is actually tougher from me to visit my brother's name the Wall, and I live just outside of D.C.
Maybe it's the knowledge that I'm getting closer to the day that I'll see him again.
It does get harder.
Recently a fellow named Gooie Gomez, a highly decorated Marine Air gunny passed on. He flew with my best friend who was awarded a posthumous Silver Star.
I do look up his name every single time I go down there. Still can't believe it. These guys live forever as long as we remember them.
Do What ?
The travelling Viet Nam Wall visits the major cities in the US. It is a time to pay homage to our Vets when you see it.
Thank You to ALL of our Vets, Nam, Korea, WW1 and 2. You people are special THANK YOU for your servive
The Wall is one of the most simple, yet moving monuments ever designed by a human being to honor the sacrifice of our soldiers.
How well I remember the controversy about the “black scar in the ground” 25 years ago.
Yet, it had the opposite effect. Silently, it speaks the names of those who are no longer among us, but who died in our service. The act of descending and again ascending makes you realize the tremendous cost this war visited upon us, in every town and county throughout America.
In the smooth granite we see their names, but we also see ourselves. The linkage is breathtaking, the symbolism awesome.
Maya Lin was absolutely brilliant as the designer.
Senators like Biden, Kennedy, Kerry, Leahy,and others still in the Senate broke faith with those died in the effort to stop the Communist takeover of Vietnam. Because of their treasonous activities, The Communists soon overran South Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, killing over 3 million people in the quest to once again attempt to create a socialist paradise. Jane Fonda can take credit for helping to establish the killing fields with them.
They alone cheapened and threw away the sacrifice of these, our friends and loved ones.
Each one a son, a brother, a father, an uncle, a nephew,a cousin, a neighbor, a friend. A few were sisters and daughters as well.
We cannot allow this Senate to repeat their treason in Iraq.
That is one reason [Mrs] T and I have dedicated ourselves to attending as many Support the Troop Rallies as our budget can support, and then some.
And being in the D.C. area, there is a gold mine of Rallies/counter protests to attend.
Real good picture and appropriate for this thread. Key board too blurry to say more. Thanks
Is there a problem citizen?
Amen to your post!!
Welcome home to all my fellow Marines who came back, and Present Arms to all those who did not.
Something most folks never think about....
Those guys are eternally young...
They still look the same, and their voices haven't changed.
Their laugh is unchanged, their cries for help remain unchanged, their final calling calling out in vain to their mothers still rings true in a voice their mothers would recognize...
One need only GO TO THAT WALL, in the still and quiet of predawn......place your hands on the wall and call to those you know.
They come.....they ALWAYS come to welcome you, and bitch a little that it's been too long since you last came....
It is such a overwhelming experience -- that always bring such an flush of tears that you'll see a lot of old men "blowing the noses" and "wiping their glasses" to avoid the embarrassment of being seen...
Every veteran, who has a brother's name on that wall and even those who were blessed to come home with their unit intact -- should visit... They expect you....they will welcome you.....and you will experience a level of contact with our lost brothers that is impossible to describe...
If at all possible --- go.
You and Mrs. T have been intrepid Freepers, and we appreciate all of the protests and rallies that you do attend.
I hope to join you one of these days.
Well said , river rat.
My cousin is there. It reminds me of the Jefferson memorial at night. Hollowed ground.
I had to go once. I was in D.C. and knew the names of 18 family members are listed. I had a few minutes, but was able to locate at least one. His name is here...
My first child was born on November 10,much to the joy of my Marine Corps family.
President of Vietnam Veterans of America (Parade)
That wasn't her intent at all. Much to her dismay the Wall has become something Lin never intended it to be.
Yes, they do.
Thanks for giving everyone much more heads up time than my thread. I couldn’t imagine the 25th Anniversary not being on FR before this.
I was just adding John Rowan’s letter to your thread. I posted that back in September. I don’t think you can increase your threads enough to show my post from 2 months ago ;)
It was so unfortunate when we went the Wall was being renovated and you could only see a few feet. Very sad to have gone all that way. Someday maybe we can get the chance again.
I was fortunate enought to have seen the Moving Wall a year before that. The public internet was only a gleam in someones eye in 1992.
I remembered something caused ya’ll to not see much.
It was the lighting, they were redoing all of it. It was a long way to go from Oregon but at least now being in SC we are closer.
I saw the traveling wall in Vancouver several years ago and I'll never forget. I was fine until I got within about 100 yards from it and broke down. Took me about 1/2 hour to make that last 100 yards. I too want with all my heart to someday see the D.C. wall.
I was at the Swift Boat Sailors reunion this summer and heard that when some Swift Boat guys were at the wall in D.C., tons of people wanted their pictures taken with them .......ESPECIALLY PEOPLE FROM MASSACHUSETS !!
What a hoot !
The picture you posted is awe-inspiring and truly fits the spirit of the Memorial.
A Freeper Vet goes to the Vietnam Wall
‘WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE...& YOUNG’...4 FREEDOM
3 Lifesaver Heroes who selflessly reduced the number of heroic names now standing so very tall on The Vietnam Wall’s 3 Panel East, who gave their all on behalf of the Freedom of others at the 1st Major Battle for Freedom of the Vietnam War / November 1965:
Major BRUCE CRANDALL - Medal of Honor Recipient / February 2007
Lt. RICK RESCORLA - 9/11 Lifesaver who selflessly gave up is own life in the process of saving 1,000’s of other lives / September 11th, 2001
Lt. Col. HAL G. MOORE - Valley of Death’s Landing Zone X-Ray Commanding Officer at the U.S. 7th Cavalry’s 2nd Battle of the Little Big Horn / November 1965
Signed:..”ALOHA RONNIE” Guyer
Veteran-1st Major Battle for Freedom of the Vietnam War / November 1965
I hope the FReepers who have viewed this thread will come back and link to them.
I looked at some of the links but have to get onto writing some AARs.
Kathy! That picture ALWAYS makes me cry. What’s it called? Can I get one somewhere? Thanks!
Thank you for your kindness, [Mr] T
Real nice picture. Thanks.
Haven’t seen you on the threads I have been visiting, how have you been doing?
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