With Veterans Day, my thoughts often turn again to the Wall in DC
It was almost inevitable that I would visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, also known as “The Wall.” One of my ROTC instructors at Hobart College had died in Vietnam – Major Theodore “Ted” Shorack in 1966, and a good friend of mine Pvt James Kirkby was killed on an Army patrol in South Vietnam about 1970.
Early on I decided to go to the Wall to search for their names. On one of my manyvisits I found the names and stood silently for a moment and remembered these men.
It is hard to put into words the impact of this place on the first visit. In many ways the place is very disarming. It starts as a low black granite panel on each end and gradually rises, in a dramatic V to an apex of…
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