Washington State Vietnam veteran's Memorial Wall

Posted by Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 19 August 2018 in People & Portrait.

Positioned strategically in the grounds of the Washington State Capital is a very touching and proper Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall dedicated to Veterans of the Vietnam War who hailed from the state of Washington. The wall contains the names of all those Washington state personnel
who never made it back.

Although I am not a born citizen of Washington, I had some very close buddies from Washington when I served in Vietnam....I was not able to find any of their names on the wall - which was a relief to me - but it did not take away from the impact of being at this wall in Olympia....I have to admit, I felt the same emotions here as I did at the Vietnam Veteran's wall in Washington D.C.

My son was there with us and he kept my spirits up and he took this shot of me. I was feeling some emotion that I always feel in places like this...

Thank you, Washington State, for this very touching wall...Washington State

The Inscription Reads as follows:

TO ALL MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO MADE IT BACK, BUT NEVER MADE IT HOME

IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO HAVE DIED FROM PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL WOUNDS RECEIVED WHILE SERVING IN THE VIETNAM WAR, WE HONOR AND RECOGNIZE THEIR PAIN AND SUFFERING, BUT ABOVE ALL, WE RESPECT THE COURAGE OF THESE WASHINGTON STATE RESIDENTS.
WHEN OUR COUNTRY CALLED, YOU WERE THERE, E HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
YOU NOW REST IN GLORY.

Memorial Day, May 26, 1997.

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

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