Actually, three of my schoolmates were lost in 'Nam and while I was there the Principal asked me to help her create a memorial for all three and I was thrilled to agree. We were all in "Nam at the same time, give or take a month or two. More on the new memorial at a later date.
|The small plaques have the names of the 49 students that have been awarded the scholarship over the years|
This memorial was hard to see. I lost buddies in the war as we all did, but this was somehow different. I guess it is because I knew Trippy and the other guys for many years. We were kids together, and in many ways became men together and as always the question, why me?
What happens is that as part of the "regular" newscasts a short segment of the longer story is shown and viewers are encouraged to go to WJLA's on line presence to watch the whole segment. The A Means to Heal story is currently in the editing stages and will be available before the end of the month. I will, certainly, keep you posted about that. The process of making this has been fascinating and I am extremely honored to have been part of the effort. I am hopeful that some folks will see it and then visit A Means to Heal, for me, it's all about getting the word out, especially to vets.
In the meantime, here is the URL to their site if you want to check out some of these "long form" stories.
Be sure to check out Left Behind, a great documentary on items left behind at The Wall. It is fascinating and if you are a vet, perhaps healing, too.
This has been a really exciting opportunity for me to work with Jay Korff and Kevin Drennen from WJLA and I cannot thank them enough for their interest, understanding, and patience, not to mention their professionalism and expertise in seeing this through. We all, especially Jay and Kevin, spent a lot of hours putting this together. I will let you know when it is available and I hope you enjoy it.
Next time, on the 23rd, we will venture back to Massachusetts, so, please join me there, as always, at 9:00am.
To see other memorials from Maryland, or any other state, click the state name on the left side of this page.