This year Veterans Day falls on 11/11/11. If you know a veteran, go visit them, shake their hand and thank them for their service. It takes a lot of courage to do what they have done and I have a great amount of respect and admiration for all veterans as well as current members of the armed forces.
Sometimes I try to put myself in their shoes…but it’s difficult to do. I try to imagine what it must have been like to storm the beaches of Normandy, battle in the jungles of Vietnam and brave the dust storms of Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s difficult to do.
A couple of months ago ‘The Moving Wall’ made a stop in Granite City, IL, which isn’t too far from St. Louis. ‘The Moving Wall’ is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial located in Washington DC and the structure has been displayed all over the nation for more than 20 years. It was built by Vietnam veteran volunteers and made its first debut in Tyler, TX in 1984. I went to see ‘The Moving Wall’ and it is hard to describe what the experience was like…I took some pictures that I hope portray the emotional intensity of the structure.
To all veterans, thank you for your service – you are appreciated.
To those who gave the ultimate sacrifice – you will never be forgotten.
Preamble of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial: “IN HONOR OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES WHO SERVED IN THE VIETNAM WAR. THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES AND OF THOSE WHO REMAIN MISSING ARE INSCRIBED IN THE ORDER IN WHICH THEY WERE TAKEN FROM US.”