Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Vietnam Memorial (Thur.10/18)

Kim's second cousin died in the Vietnam war. In visiting the memorial, though Kim never met him, we all felt a bit of a personal connection.

We found his name David J Barduson about half way down the second wall.

Kim “rubbed” his name onto a piece of paper.

David had volunteered for the war. He was asked why he would go, when he didn't have to and, having brothers, he replied that if one of his brothers were in trouble, he would go and “those guys over there are my 'brothers'”.

The Memorial is unique in that the number of people that died all have names and for us the names became a particular name. The boys talked about whether they would volunteer or not, though we weren't recruiting, it was a good discussion.

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