Friday, May 11, 2012

Kansas II

In Wichita there is a Veteran's Park. That, in and of itself is not a surprise, but the memorial there is something very special. Along side the Arkansas River in a park with any number of memorials in it, this one is special. It reminds us of that which we so easily, sometimes, forget. The memorial is not only dedicated to those who fought, died and were forever changed by 'Nam, but also to those who loved them or only knew them. It specifically says Dedicated to All Those Affected by the Vietnam War. All too often we forget those left behind. There is an old adage that I think goes like this; They also serve who but sit and wait. I think the original intent of this was that if someone was non combatant, they still should be honored. They would fight if asked to do so. But, I think this is easily extended to the families, friends and loved ones of all who served and especially those who did not return. We would do well to remember this each day that our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters and husbands and wives, Mothers and Fathers, all those who support our soldiers, are serving, too.

Next time, on the 16th, we'll visit another Vietnam memorial just a few steps away from this one. Join me then at 9:00 am, as always.

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