Tuesday, June 13, 2006

A Moving and Rewarding Day.

On Sunday, June 11th I went to Shanantaha Park in Malta and worked at the Viet Nam Moving Wall Veteran's Memorial. As I drove down the thoughts running through my head were, "why did I volunteer to do this, I doubt if I will enjoy this". I couldn't have been more wrong.
I worked on the wall, not at the tables where people went to find the location of the name they were looking for.
What a moving and rewarding 3 hours it was. The bond between soldiers on the battlefield is so strong that it carries on for many years, and the hell that they went through is etched in their minds for the rest of their lives. That war has been over for many years but the thoughts of the experiences the soldiers had on that battlefield and the grief they still carry for those they witnessed getting killed, is still so real that seeing that name on the wall brings out those feelings all over again.
My only regret is that I didn't think about the fact that I would be standing in the sun for 2 or 3 hours and I was very sunburned the next day. I am sure the little suffering I will do with my sunburn is a big nothing compared to what the soldiers went through in the jungles of Viet Nam.
My hat is off to the Viet Nam Veteran's.


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