In Honor of Vietnam Veterans
A Day in Rememberance
When I wrote this Hub on Veterans Day, November 11, 2011; the date in numeral form was 11/11/11 and supposedly 11 is a lucky number. The newspapers and online websites were buzzing about the date, which will not happen again until one hundred years from now.
In Honor of Vietnam Veterans
To honor Vietnam veterans, I want to tell the story of what I remember about the Vietnam Era when I was growing up. My neighbor who was drafted into the war in 1965 never made it home alive. The last time I saw him, was when he was home on leave before going off to Vietnam. We were all sitting around the kitchen table laughing and talking about small stuff. I remember how handsome he looked in his military uniform. But for some reason I was worried that this would be his last visit. I guess it was the fear of war itself since I was only nine years old. I'll never forget hearing about the news from his sister whom I was close friends with. I didn't know how to console her or what to do. He was hit by a grenade so I'm not sure if they found all his body parts. I didn't want to ask, but I know they had a closed casket. His parents were very angry about the war and thought he had died in vain. No one could mention that he died serving his country without getting a rebuke back. We never mentioned it again and life went on as usual.
In 1969, my brother and his friend enlisted to join the Air-force. My mom was so upset over it because he did it without discussing it with the family first. My mom didn't think he would have been drafted cause he had a high number. He had just turned 17 in May and graduated high school in June and had to leave for boot camp the very next day. We gave him a combination graduation and farewell party the night before. Fortunately, he never got sent to Vietnam, but to Okinawa. His friend was sent to Vietnam and was in combat. He tells of horrific things he witnessed in battle and still today has nightmares about it.
My brother made it home in 1973 after serving four years. That was also the same year that former President Nixon ended the war. We neither lost or won the war and so many lives were lost to no avail.
John Lennon Singing Imagine (Live) 1978
The Protests of the Vietnam War
I remember witnessing all the protests of the Vietnam War from the Hippies, Yippies and entertainers of the mid 1960s. President Nixon wanted anyone who opposed the war by rioting or protesting on government grounds to be arrested. Former Beatle John Lennon was on Nixon's enemy list and wanted him deported out of the country. He though Lennon was responsible for all the uprising among the young people with his music of peace not war.
I felt bad that the Vietnam veterans weren't treated with respect from opposing Americans when they returned home. Today they are honored and respected though, which is a good thing.
Thank You Veterans
Kudos to all of you veterans who served or are currently serving our country. I can't thank you enough my for being willing to protect our country and its freedoms. Especially the ones who lost their lives while protecting us.
My Pick Vietnam War Movies
Vietnam Veteran Hat
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