Norton reminds us that the war touches more than just those that died..my Uncle Richie died of an anyurism at 37 in 1984 ( maybe unrelated to the war )…ten yrs before his daughter Nicole was born w/an open cleft..I think that was definitely related to his exposure to agent orange.
Excellent point, Bill ~ exposure to agent orange in Vietnam, eposure to depleted uranium in Iraq and Afghanistan ~ all wars are malignant and their after effect infects all ages including the unborn. Many of the peace makers have been silenced ~ like JFK.
“The most important topic on earth: peace. What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children — not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women — not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.”–
John F. Kennedy, American University commencement address, Washington, 10 June 1963. (Four months later Kennedy was assassinated.)
And that you will, Norton. As the Wall Song says ” It’s a wall of love, a wall that heals, a wall that touches and helps you heal ~ feel the wall and be forever changed “.
That’s why I included her quotes and interview video clip ~ great art transcends time ~ your lost brothers are waiting and will welcome you to the wall. Let the cleansing tears help heal your heart.
Experiencing the Vietnam Wall is experiencing the shocking absurdity of war.
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