CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011
COMMENTS MADE AT
2011 VETERANS DAY EVENT
The theme of the Ligonier, Pennsylvania, 2011 Veterans Day was the Vietnam War.
Some scattered comments heard at the event:
- Let us translate the notion of war into the notion of peace
- In tolerance there’s progress—progress into a better world
- Just as there is bravery in war, there is bravery in peace
- We have the courage to work for a better life
- There is a voluntary discipline of citizenship
- We never properly thanked our Viet Nam servicemen for their service
- The unpopular war’s frustration experienced by the American people was taken out on the Veterans of the Viet Nam War
- I believe the Viet Nam War was a turning point in history, as to how Americans treated veterans
From a Viet Nam veteran:
- · The first official death of the Vietnam War occurred in 1959; the last occurred in March, 1975
- · Being in Viet Nam was extremely difficult, especially for the infantry. Soldiers went into battle in a somber mood.
- · It was scary, extremely difficult, because every step you took could be your last
- · The military had to deal with various bugs: leeches, spiders, mosquitoes
- · We were just ordinary men doing our job. Don’t call me a hero—I was just doing my job.
- · I only knew one woman who served in Viet Nam, she served there for nine months.