Give a Vet a Hug for Me

by dcurtis 11/10/2013 11:07:00 AM

On September 21, 2013, I took my family to Elgin, IL to see the "The Wall That Heals"--a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, DC. I didn't anticipate what a moving experience it would be for me.  Those who know me, know that it doesn't take a lot to get me teary-eyed, but this was truly a touching experience for me.  My father was wounded in Cambodia during the Vietnam War, and I couldn't help think how close I came to not existing.  My dad could have died on the battlefield that day, would have never married my mom, and therefore, no Derek.  As I looked at the letters that had been left at the original memorial, and the thousands of names etched on the wall, I couldn't help but think about all of the families who lost a husband, a wife, a father, a mother, a son, or a daughter.  These soldiers gave their lives in the service of their country.  Were they perfect?  No.  Did they make mistakes?  They probably did.  But they were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, by answering their country's call (whether voluntarily or through the draft) and fight for the freedoms of another people in a land far away from their own.  Wars are started by politicians and fought by soldiers.  Let's thank our veterans this Veteran's Day for their service.  My dad is over 1,600 miles away from me so I can't give him a hug to say thanks, so I'll have to find a substitute here.  Will you do me a favor this Veteran's Day?  Give a vet a hug for me.

 

 For information about the traveling memorial, you can find it here: http://www.vvmf.org/

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