Back in the spring, the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall came to one of our local towns. It is a smaller, to scale version of the Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. I’ve seen the replica wall before and it is still surprising at how moving and emotional it can be to visit.
If you have the opportunity to see it in your own area, take it. It is paid for through donations, so you can pay what you can afford and take as muich time as you need for your visit.
There is an area where you can look up family members or friends who may be engraved on the wall, and you can have the opportunity to take a pencil engraving.
There is the continual hum of all of the names being read while you visit.
Today is the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the United States’ entry into World War II. Now more than ever we must look to our past, to our history and make our futures better.
Today, we remember those lost on December 7th, 1941, but not just what happended today, but all those lost through wars or violence.
In just over a month we will inaugurate our forty-fifth president. Even the people who voted for Mr. Trump are finding out that it is not going to go completely as they had hoped, not to mention the rest of us.
There’s support and there’s vigilance and there are the values that this country was founded on and continues to promote and hold dear. We must stand up when we’re called on to defend our values and our country. Re-read the Constitution. President Obama is a constitutional scholar. Robert Reich is a professor of public policy. Search out reliable sources and speak out.
That is how we honor the fallen and remember their sacrifice.
Blessiings for the survivors.