Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thank You.

Vietnam War Protest, November 15, 1969

There are 58,272 names of soldiers engraved on The Wall. This number is still growing.

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
  ~Cynthia Ozick

Back when I was in High School, I sent for a POW/MIA bracelet.  If you're around my age or older, you know what I'm talking about.  In doing research for this post, I found THE WALL site.  Please go visit this site. For those of us who lived through the turmoil of those years during the Vietnam War, this site is mandatory.  Also mandatory will be a trip to Washington, DC to actually pay my respects at The Wall.

I was able to find out information about Maj. MICHAEL OWENS MCELHANON, the soldier who's name is on my memorial bracelet.  Unfortunately, I must still keep my bracelet and keep hoping that now Col. McElhanon, will come home soon.

9 blew out from under the bed:

Ron said...

Yes, I do remember the POW/MIA bracelets because I had one myself.

Amazing that you were able to find out information about the soldier who was on your memorial bracelet.

Lovely tribute to Veteran's Day, Nitebyrd.

Love this..."War is not healthy for children and other living things."


Thank you for sharing this post.

X ya, Sis!

nitebyrd said...

Ron ~ There is a list of all the names on the site. I had previously checked other sites but never found his name. It was very sobering.

Anonymous said...

I was in D.C. for the first time in May and took a walking tour of the National Mall, including the Vietnam Memorial.

As if the wall itself wasn't enough to give me goosebumps, the stories told by the tour guide had me in tears.

Thank you for this lovely post.

Dianne said...

this brings back so many memories
sweet, touching post
thank you

Akelamalu said...

Lovely tribute m'dear. x

We will remember.

Red Shoes said...

What a sad time in our history...

We should never forget those young men and women of that time... that era... who will always be young in our memories and thoughts, since they died young...


Sorrow said...

I have my Uncles dog tags. When my Grandparents passed away no one wanted them.
People are strange.
I take them out 2x a year and say thanks...
paltry at best..
but I have not forgotten.

Indi said...

we should never everforget. We went to Belgium in July to the Menin gate to look for my husbands great uncle who died at the age of 19 fighting for his country. I think the leaders of these countries who decide when we fight should put themselves on the fromt line with their children see how long it is before they realise they have made a grave mistake...



Unknown said...

I had no idea the projects were still so active; thank you for the links.