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Smoky14Smoky14 Member Posts: 531 ✭✭✭
edited February 2012 in US Military Veteran Forum
will be in Oregon over the Memsorial Day weekend I believe....I got to go to Washington DC and it was amazing.......Lots of feelings....It was interesting to see a display of things that had been left at The Wall in the Smithsonian....I got to pay tribute to a couple comrades and soak it all in....Lots of Vets going to try and make it down to Portland and see it this weekend.....


  • Smoky14Smoky14 Member Posts: 531 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Veterans Day 2007 will be the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Anyone going to be there?
  • Smoky14Smoky14 Member Posts: 531 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I wrote this after my first visit to the Wall. I have not shared much but I want to now.

    Standing, Staring, Looking At the Wall

    By C.G. Woodard

    At dawns first light he sees it, standing cold and dark and wet,
    Half hidden by the ghost like fog, the crowd hasn't got here yet.
    He hears it has the power, to take away his pain,
    He's come to see and take a chance, he has everything to gain.
    He reaches out to touch it, afraid of what he'll feel.
    Chokes back his fears, holds back his tears and swears he will not flee.

    Standin', starin', lookin' at the wall,
    He hasn't seen their faces, since the night they gave their all,
    He's waited thirty years, to answer to their call,
    And now he's standin', starin', lookin' at the wall.

    He reaches for the wall once more, one look and then he'll go,
    Haunting eyes stare back at him, still empty, filled with woe.
    The scars upon his body are not the ones he feels,
    His mind is where his trouble lies; he's here to get it healed.
    He starts his search upon the wall, new guilt with every name,
    So many names are listed, this once great nations shame.

    Their names are like a roll call list, etched in that cold black stone,
    He should be listed with them, but he's standing here alone,
    As he re-lives the battle, a chill runs through his bones,
    He remembers now how each one looked and knows he's not alone,
    He seeks in its reflection, an answer to their call,
    It's their eyes staring at him now, forgiving from the wall.

    Standin', starin', lookin' from the wall,
    He hasn't seen their faces, since the night they gave it all,
    They waited thirty years, for him to answer to their call,
    Now their standin', starin', lookin' from the wall.

    Semper Fi
  • Smoky14Smoky14 Member Posts: 531 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I'm finally taking my trip to The Wall next month. Does anyone who has made the trip have any tips for an old warrior. I've got twenty three buddies to salute.

    Thanks Smoky
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