She Did What I Failed To Do – Veterans’ Day Thoughts

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11/11/2013 by syrbal-labrys

545237In other words, she made through nurses school and went to Viet Nam. That was originally my life goal, but no money, no family support…..I joined the Army, but with no nursing degree and at the tail end of the Viet Nam “Era” as they began calling it.

It is good to see women who served remembered. Today, I remember my husband, who came home alive from Viet Nam, my eldest son who served during both Gulf wars and is a disabled young vet rebuilding his life, and my youngest son — still in Afghanistan this Veterans’ Day.

I also will remember the more than eight thousand men and women, US and Coalition, who did NOT make it home alive from Iraq and Afghanistan…ten years ago I held the first “open to the public” night on the Walk of the Fallen. One couple came…an American who flew a bomber for the RAF in WWII and his wife.
Tonight, it will be me and a stack of books full of names, and a bright lantern beside me.


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