Growing up whenever I thought about going to Washington D.C. there was one place that I knew I had to visit, the Vietnam Memorial. I love my country dearly and our warriors have always had a special place in my heart. Alot of the credit for that love of country and soldiers goes to my father. He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam conflict.
I'm glad my friends put up with me wanting to go there several times. The first visit was after darkness had fallen, which was good so that my tears were just between me, God and those precious souls who gave their lives for freedom, yours and mine.
The Memorial is simple and beautiful. I love how reflective it is. They gave their lives for us and by having our reflections accompany their names its as if we are able to know each other. We sanctify their sacrifice by not only remembering them, but cherishing and upholding the freedom they died for.
I thought about putting the video to music, but like the D.C. video just felt like it was best to leave as is.
I've written in a previous post about the importance of monuments and especially about the chance we get to touch them. It is especially important for the veterans to be able to touch it, so that their memories and feelings are validated. It was my great honor to be at that sacred sight, it was a dream come true. Dad, I touched The Wall for you.