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May 26, 2019 20:50:47   #
charbaby (a regular here)
 
I don't usually watch the concert from D.C. The entertainment has never struck me as worthy of the day & it's been a bit insincere to me. But I'm sitting here weeping with both pride & sympathy. They have told real stories of real vets from D-Day to Vietnam. If they rerun it and you can watch or record it, I strongly recommend it. It has been very moving and just beautiful. It's on PBS.
 
May 26, 2019 20:54:44   #
Stablebummom
 
Thank you for the heads up, I just checked my guide and it is on here in MI at 8 and 9 p.m. Have set my DVR to record it.
May 26, 2019 21:41:41   #
esseike (a regular here)
 
As the survivor of a Viet Nam Vet, I encourage you to educate yourself about all aspects.
May 26, 2019 21:42:50   #
esseike (a regular here)
 
As the survivor of a Viet Nam Vet, I encourage you to educate yourself about all aspects. These men gave all, even when they came home.
May 26, 2019 22:18:29   #
charbaby (a regular here)
 
esseike wrote:
As the survivor of a Viet Nam Vet, I encourage you to educate yourself about all aspects. These men gave all, even when they came home.

Amen to that. Many guys I know who made it home still "walk with ghosts" as one of tonight's presenters said. Between PTSD, Agent Orange, and delayed medical care because the VA was overwhelmed, many more names should be on that wall. Not all the fatalities came home in a flag draped coffin. Some came home with a death timer set for later on. Vietnam killed them, too.
May 27, 2019 03:28:00   #
esseike (a regular here)
 
charbaby wrote:
Amen to that. Many guys I know who made it home still "walk with ghosts" as one of tonight's presenters said. Between PTSD, Agent Orange, and delayed medical care because the VA was overwhelmed, many more names should be on that wall. Not all the fatalities came home in a flag draped coffin. Some came home with a death timer set for later on. Vietnam killed them, too.


Truth.
 
May 27, 2019 08:19:07   #
Ms Sue P
 
charbaby wrote:
I don't usually watch the concert from D.C. The entertainment has never struck me as worthy of the day & it's been a bit insincere to me. But I'm sitting here weeping with both pride & sympathy. They have told real stories of real vets from D-Day to Vietnam. If they rerun it and you can watch or record it, I strongly recommend it. It has been very moving and just beautiful. It's on PBS.


You are so right. It was so awesome. My DH who is a Viet Nam Vet. Sat there in tears. I also was in tears. Last year was good, but this year it was Awesome. As I read some more post, yes my DH has PTSD, Lung Cancer from Agent Orange, and hearing loss. If you see a Vet Please thank him for his service and welcome him home. It makes DH's day for some one to thank him for his service.
May 27, 2019 10:16:25   #
shepherd (a regular here)
 
Quick comment re: Vietnam vets - a friend here in PA lost a leg there and tho they were from Ohio, he was sent to a hospital in Philadelphia. While walking on the street with his wife he was spit on by passers-by

At the SAME TIME he was invited back to his small Ohio hometown to be the marshal in their Memorial Day parade. It happens that I lived in Cincinnati
during Vietnam and in that same small time a while later. I saw the same attitudes. In Ohio they were heroes (large and small towns), in the East they were spit on.
May 27, 2019 11:08:48   #
Lanadonna
 
charbaby wrote:
Amen to that. Many guys I know who made it home still "walk with ghosts" as one of tonight's presenters said. Between PTSD, Agent Orange, and delayed medical care because the VA was overwhelmed, many more names should be on that wall. Not all the fatalities came home in a flag draped coffin. Some came home with a death timer set for later on. Vietnam killed them, too.


You are so right about that. It deeply saddens me, as a very dear friend did 2 tours in Vietnam, in the Marines. He did make it home, but, had hearing loss, PTSD, and many other health issues as a result. I miss him every day...
May 27, 2019 16:58:50   #
8Linda (a regular here)
 
My DH was also spit on in San Francisco. He went to Viet Nam 4 times. He returned each time but had the ghosts until he died.
May 27, 2019 22:21:20   #
Medieval Reenactor (a regular here)
 
It was a tasteful, reverent event - unlike so many of these "tributes" with "stars" and music that have little to do with the occasion.
 
May 28, 2019 00:26:27   #
Designer1234 (a regular here)
 
charbaby wrote:
I don't usually watch the concert from D.C. The entertainment has never struck me as worthy of the day & it's been a bit insincere to me. But I'm sitting here weeping with both pride & sympathy. They have told real stories of real vets from D-Day to Vietnam. If they rerun it and you can watch or record it, I strongly recommend it. It has been very moving and just beautiful. It's on PBS.


I am a Canadian and felt exactly the same way. I watch it every year. In many cases our troops are with yours and there is also the fact that I have spent many many winters in Arizona and travelling your country. I have so many American friends on these threads that I met through the Workshops. I feel we are kindred spirits. I cried too. Shirley
 
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