Sunday, September 28, 2008
THE WALL, THE WALL, THE WALL
Whenever I leave the wall I wish I was a better guy. I talked to a bunch of veterans this weekend and I am constantly amazed at their love of country and the upbeat way they approach life. I made the comment that I haven't forgiven Kerry for his accusations against his fellow veterans. The guy I was talking to said "We all make mistakes when we're young, give him a break." I thought "Sure." I want to forgive and forget, but I still can't do that. My loss. I watched the closing ceremonies of the moving wall, and I thought many times about what it all meant. I still love my country and I would fight for it again. The veterans I talked to were mostly the same way. They just wanted the government to acknowledge the mistakes that were made in the war. I watched a flag ceremony that was conducted by the Freedom Riders. The respect that was showed the flag was absolutely beautiful; this from men who were hung out to dry by their politicians and made a human sacrifice to political expediancy. Yet these men still saluted the flag with the utmost respect and you would be hard-pressed to find more patriotic Americans. I still have a way to go to reach the level of these men who are at peace with their lot. I'll get there. Someday.