From Reunion (Earthshine Editions, 2010):
I re-light my Hemingway Short Story (cigar) and stroll toward The Wall.
The Vietnam War Memorial is a long serpentine wall of black marble inscribed with the names of those soldiers who lost their lives (the majority of them, only eighteen years-young). And though it is simple, this monument evokes greater emotion among visitors than any other in Washington.
As a tail-end boomer, my high school friends and I escaped the The Wall by a few inches.
The concept of giving your life for country only makes sense when you have leaders smart enough to determine what's worth shedding blood and tears for. And there'd been a lot of dumb ones lately.
Never forget... the stupidity of our leaders during the 1960s.