Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The Virginia War Memorial


A bit of a somber photo for you today. This is a photo of the Richmond skyline taken through the glass windows at the Virginia War Memorial. The glass walls feature the names of 11,631 Virginians who died in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf. I'll be returning soon at night, because the soaring white statue, "Memory" is amazing when lit from below.

When my brother and I visited, we spoke to a man who had fought in WWII and he had me thinking, that as the WWII veterans become fewer and fewer, what about the future veterans of our current conflict in Iraq? We all have respect for WWII veterans, but look what happened to our men who served in Vietnam? It's very frightening to me to compare the war in Iraq to the Vietnam War. Did you realize there are approximately 93,000 homeless Vietnam veterans today (approx. 2.4 million were stationed in Vietnam during the war), many with undiagnosed mental illness? We've already sent more than one million soliders to Iraq. How many will return? And having seen the fate of Vietnam veterans, how can we make it okay for them to return?

Posted by mea at 9:51 AM

2 Comments

  1. Blogger Sam posted at 3:32 PM  
    The US spends more on defense than on all of the other public services put together.
    When will they put that money to good use instead of using it to develop horrible weapons and pay 2,500$ for a wrench, for example?
    My cousin works councelling soldiers back from war. (all wars) She is very disturbed at the government's trend of sending young men off to fight, then not taking care of them when they return.
  2. Blogger whoiam posted at 9:25 PM  
    See my thoughts on the matter http://npublici.blogspot.com you will find lyrics to "These American Dreams"and "I Never Lost Your War"and others

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