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'The Wall' honors Vietnam vets for 20 years
Air Force Link ^ | 11/07/02 | Unknown

Posted on 11/09/2002 10:44:11 AM PST by SAMWolf

'The Wall' honors Vietnam vets for 20 years

Thousands will gather at the National Mall in the coming days to witness and participate in ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

The weeklong remembrance began with a musical tribute to Vietnam veterans Nov. 6 and will end with a Veterans Day observance Nov. 11. In between, more than 1,000 volunteers will read the names inscribed on "The Wall," starting at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and ending at midnight Nov. 10.

It is only the third time in The Wall's history that all 58,229 names will be read aloud. Volunteers, each reciting an average of 30 names, will read for about 19 hours each day Nov. 8-10. The full list of names was read in 1982 as part of the memorial's dedication and again in 1992 during activities commemorating the memorial's 10th anniversary.

Master Sgt. Angeline Robinson, the Pentagon's vice president of the Washington Area Top 3, will attend a reading for the second time, although this will be her first as a participant. She attended The Wall's 10th anniversary reading, and obtained a "wall rubbing" on behalf of her boss at the time, Adm. David E. Jeremiah, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The name of Jeremiah's nephew was one of those being read.

"When I remembered that, this year's reading became very significant to me," she said. "I decided to participate because it's a way to honor those who went before us."

Thirty-four Air Force members from the Washington Area Top 3 will read 540 names, beginning at 11:24 p.m. Nov. 8.

"It's a way for us to give back," Robinson said. "It's as simple as that."

For some, though, the symbolism of reading the names on The Wall goes deeper. One of those is Bao Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American who was once jailed by the North Vietnamese, later served as a South Vietnamese Army officer, and currently works at the Pentagon on the Air Force Chief Information Officer's staff.

"Each year (on Veterans Day), I have a need to express my gratitude to all American veterans in general, all the Vietnam veterans in particular, and to the more than 58,000 names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for their sacrifices to defend the freedom of a people in a place they hardly knew," Nguyen said. "(And it's) not just me alone. Overseas, Vietnamese are forever grateful for those sacrifices."

For more information on the 20th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Web site


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KEYWORDS: veteransday; vietnam; wall
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1 posted on 11/09/2002 10:44:11 AM PST by SAMWolf
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To: AntiJen; MistyCA; souris; Victoria Delsoul; SassyMom; SpookBrat; coteblanche; Kathy in Alaska; ...
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2 posted on 11/09/2002 10:44:57 AM PST by SAMWolf
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SAM, what a wonderful tribute to our veteran's. Thank you for sharing this. :)
3 posted on 11/09/2002 10:49:02 AM PST by SassyMom
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Hopefully, this Veteran's Day will be appreciated by more people. Unfortunately, my son's school doesn't consider it a "worthwhile" holiday in the school year to remember it. So? It's important to teach our youngster at home to value and honor our Veterans. Without them, we'd be non-existent.
5 posted on 11/09/2002 10:54:16 AM PST by MoJo2001
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6 posted on 11/09/2002 11:00:58 AM PST by SAMWolf
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To: SAMWolf
Thanks for the ping, SAM.

It was a very emotional time for me when I was able to visit the Wall a few years ago.

The Traveling Wall is in Modesto, CA this weekend. First Baptist Church of Modesto is hosting the project. FBC Modesto is also presenting a drama each night. The drama presents a story of a day in the lives of a squad of men in Vietnam. The title is "Not Forgotten," and offers a healing message to so many Vets who served in that era. Information can be seen at www.fbcmodesto.com.

Thank a Vet - it's the least we can do. Some vets have never heard the words, "Thank You."

Salute!

8 posted on 11/09/2002 11:10:01 AM PST by Diver Dave
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9 posted on 11/09/2002 11:11:38 AM PST by kneezles
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To: Diver Dave
Dave, I thank you and all who served and still serve. I will not forget.


10 posted on 11/09/2002 11:16:15 AM PST by kneezles
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To: SAMWolf
"Each year (on Veterans Day), I have a need to express my gratitude to all American veterans in general, all the Vietnam veterans in particular, and to the more than 58,000 names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for their sacrifices to defend the freedom of a people in a place they hardly knew," Nguyen said. "(And it's) not just me alone. Overseas, Vietnamese are forever grateful for those sacrifices."

What a powerful statement by Bao Nguyen. So many people really need to read this.

Thank-you all, for your service.

11 posted on 11/09/2002 11:19:59 AM PST by toddst
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12 posted on 11/09/2002 11:25:32 AM PST by kneezles
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13 posted on 11/09/2002 11:28:16 AM PST by kneezles
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To: Diver Dave
I can imagine how emotional that was for you. I have never made it to Washington DC to visit the Wall.

I did get numerous opportunities to see and stand Honor Guard at the Traveling Wall when it came to Illinois. I also helped with getting the McHenry County Vietnam Menmorial funded, designed and dedicated. Those events were very emotional for me. I know if I ever made it to see the Wall, I would breakdown.

We have a beautiful Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Portland, Oregon and every Memorial Day the is a very moving ceremony.
14 posted on 11/09/2002 11:29:43 AM PST by SAMWolf
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15 posted on 11/09/2002 11:34:03 AM PST by kneezles
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Wow, Steve. You just hit a string in my heart that always responds to The Wall. Thanks for this thread.


16 posted on 11/09/2002 11:36:48 AM PST by MistyCA
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To: SAMWolf
You are kidding, right? :)
17 posted on 11/09/2002 11:37:38 AM PST by MistyCA
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To: SAMWolf; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Alamo-Girl; Yellow Rose of Texas; Jim Robinson; FrogMom; ...
Great post. Thanks.

Salute to all vet's. Thanks. Bless you all.

18 posted on 11/09/2002 11:41:46 AM PST by amom
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To: Diver Dave
I am so glad you were able to share the traveling wall with others recently. It was in Santa Barbara not long ago and it is such a wonderfully precious monument.

This is another good site to visit.

19 posted on 11/09/2002 11:42:53 AM PST by MistyCA
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To: Diver Dave
Thank you Diver Dave and all of the other veterans that have served. We all enjoy freedom today because of what you and others have fought for. We owe you so much.
20 posted on 11/09/2002 11:44:10 AM PST by SassyMom
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Thank you very much. Vets bump!
21 posted on 11/09/2002 11:48:31 AM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: SAMWolf
Interesting that the Wall was designed as an insult to all who served in that war (black, below ground level, etc) by Maya Lin- but the veterans, themselves, have made it an icon of courage and sacrifice.
22 posted on 11/09/2002 11:50:02 AM PST by RANGERAIRBORNE
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To: kneezles
I love that post.
23 posted on 11/09/2002 11:51:34 AM PST by MistyCA
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24 posted on 11/09/2002 11:52:47 AM PST by MistyCA
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To: kneezles
Wow. I don't think I have seen that before. It's beautiful.
25 posted on 11/09/2002 11:54:54 AM PST by MistyCA
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To: amom
I will second that!
26 posted on 11/09/2002 11:55:56 AM PST by MistyCA
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To: coteblanche
Those Who Have Long Enjoyed Such Privileges As We Enjoy,
Forget In Time that Men Have Died To Win Them.
Franklin D. Roosevlet

I'm glad Canada is still teaching about the meaning of Remeberance day in their schools.

29 posted on 11/09/2002 12:04:00 PM PST by SAMWolf
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To: MistyCA
No. Not everyone may want to be pinged to articles I'm interested in.
30 posted on 11/09/2002 12:05:21 PM PST by SAMWolf
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31 posted on 11/09/2002 12:06:21 PM PST by MistyCA
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To: toddst
We hava a large Vietnamese population in Portland and they have become a very important part of the Memorial Day Services at the Vietnam Memorial here.
32 posted on 11/09/2002 12:08:40 PM PST by SAMWolf
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To: kneezles
Thanks for all the great pictures Kneezles.
33 posted on 11/09/2002 12:09:12 PM PST by SAMWolf
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To: amom
Thanks for the bump and additional pings amom.

I hope one of these days to be able to see the Wall. I'm gonna have to hurry though I'm not getting any younger.
34 posted on 11/09/2002 12:10:50 PM PST by SAMWolf
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To: SAMWolf
Visit this wonderful site!
35 posted on 11/09/2002 12:11:56 PM PST by MistyCA
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Thanks souris. How are you managing to scrounge up better graphics than me?
36 posted on 11/09/2002 12:12:14 PM PST by SAMWolf
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Bump Vietnam Vets!
37 posted on 11/09/2002 12:15:14 PM PST by MistyCA
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Thanks for the ping, MistyCA. Your post in #35 is an awsome picture.
38 posted on 11/09/2002 12:25:45 PM PST by Balata
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thanks, Balata! I am so glad to see you here! :)
39 posted on 11/09/2002 12:32:33 PM PST by MistyCA
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Bump for Vietnam Vets!
40 posted on 11/09/2002 12:35:21 PM PST by MistyCA
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To: souris
that is awesome.
42 posted on 11/09/2002 12:43:39 PM PST by MistyCA
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Thanks SAM for all you've done for us, and for me!

The Wall is beautiful. So are our Veterans.

43 posted on 11/09/2002 12:46:39 PM PST by bluesagewoman
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To: SAMWolf
I did not like the design for the memorial when I first saw it. However, as time passed, I think it has become a very fitting memorial.
46 posted on 11/09/2002 1:03:45 PM PST by CIB-173RDABN
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I love that picture. thanks so much for posting it.
47 posted on 11/09/2002 1:12:14 PM PST by MistyCA
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Search for a name


48 posted on 11/09/2002 1:18:42 PM PST by CIB-173RDABN
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When the design for The Wall was first released, there was a firestorm of objections. Most people thought it was an insult to those who fought in Vietnam. As I recall, the winner of the design contest was a young Asian woman.

Anyway, once it was built, and people came to see it, they sure changed their minds. Unquestionably it was a masterpiece, the most moving possible tribute to those whose names appear on it.

I'm not usually a fan of modern art and architecture, which I suppose is what this is. But once in a while a work of art transcends the common and trivial, and that's certainly what happened here.
49 posted on 11/09/2002 1:20:14 PM PST by Cicero
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In it's simplicity it still jolts the heart and numbs the senses. It is awesome, but I believe it is because it is so simple. It speaks to you, not for you. And it does reflect the soul. I am forever overwhelmed by it.
50 posted on 11/09/2002 1:20:29 PM PST by MistyCA
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