4 Responses to "Vietnam Wall Turns 30"

  1. Charlotte NC Bill  May 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    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.

    • Allen L Roland  May 16, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      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.

      β€œThe 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 β€” not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women β€” 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.)

  2. Allen L Roland  May 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    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.

  3. Allen L Roland  May 15, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Experiencing the Vietnam Wall is experiencing the shocking absurdity of war.

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