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Washington State Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 5 September 2018 in Lifestyle & Culture.

I served in Vietnam and although I was not from Washington (I was from California). But this memorial wall that has been erected at the State Capital Olympia reaches out to all visitors....and it certainly reaches out to veterans of the Vietnam War...

When I was in Vietnam during the years 1967-1968, I served with several soldiers who were from Washington State! This visit gave me an opportunity to honor The State's own Vietnam Veterans. And so my family gave me some time here to quietly pause and reflect, I could not help but think f the fellows I knew....I looked for their names on the wall and I could not find any of them. I was thankful for that...

I sat down and felt relief and sadness all at friends may have come back alive, but so many others did not...

My heart and salute goes out to all veterans.

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Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Un moment d'hommage et de recueillement ! Je peux imaginer ce que tu a pu ressentir !

5 Sep 2018 9:06am

@Martine Libouton: Thank you so very much, Martine<3

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


5 Sep 2018 10:40am

@Existence Artistique: Merci Beaucoup ;-)

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Poignant in the extreme, Denny. I have always respected you and others who served their countries in such a full-blooded courageous way. War is a madness peculiar and counter to the innermost wants of our species. Let's hope we survive ourselves and learn a better way of coexisting on this miraculous planet.

5 Sep 2018 1:17pm

@Rick: Thank you, kind sir. Coexistence is a necesdity but seems unlikely at times... but we must press on!

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I can imagine how emotional this must have been for you. Thank you (and your friends) for your service.

5 Sep 2018 4:59pm

@B. Thomas: Thank you Barbara, it Was one of those times when I sort of just lost it but I am ok <3

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It's good to reflect and remember those who died in that miserable conflict. As we honor their memories, we can also feel glad we weren't among them. We survived to tell others, who weren't tested in that crucible, how terrible wars really are. Only the most uninformed fail to listen and learn.

5 Sep 2018 6:00pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you, Sir.... and today, of all things, we are witnessing a crumbling that continues in the White House and represents madness from the maniac who lived there!!

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

What a poignant period of time to visit this memorial with relief and sadness wrapped up in one. Great capture of you in front of this monument!

6 Sep 2018 12:50am

@Steven: Thank you, Steven !!

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

When I see this photo it kind makes me feel like you are home amongst your fellow veterans, at least in spirit and thoughts.

6 Sep 2018 3:27am

@Darkelf Photography: Thank you, sir.... these were my thoughts as well! Thank yo so much!

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

These are very moving places, especially for compatriots, not to say for commrades. Let's hope that in the future all deaths will be caused by Nature, not by nurture. My deepest sympathies for you.

12 Sep 2018 6:22pm

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