There is a black wall buried in our nation's capitolAbout twenty years ago, I wrote the above in my journal shortly after my first and so far, only, visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Today I wrote this here:
and in my mind.
It looks black and cold;As the Wall now approaches its twenty-fifth anniversary, I find it a little ironic - in light of that first bit - that MSNBC headlined their online article about that anniversary: Engraved in their minds.
I can't believe it's so warm.
I lost my best friend during his Army service in the war in Vietnam, although he didn't physically die there, and I lost other friends that did. I broke down when I first saw the wall and since then have never been able to see pictures of the Wall without thinking of all of them and crying. It's a reaction I cannot stop ... and I don't want to. And my most surprising memory of the Wall? Despite it being black stone buried in the ground, it was warm to the touch - blood warm.
I contributed both money and time to help build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. My deep sadness is that today we will have yet another memorial to build - as soon as we know what dates and names to put on it.
(and Denise - I still have the picture. Thank you yet again, my dear friend.)
[UPDATE - 07 Nov 07: (from PRNewswire) "'Remembering Vietnam - The Wall at 25' - - an original documentary about the history of the famous monument in Washington, D.C. -- will be streamed on http://www.smithsonianchannel.com, the Smithsonian Channel website, concurrent with its premiere on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11 at 8 pm and 11 pm ET/PT. ... Smithsonian Channel is currently available on DIRECTV's Channel 267."]