Memorial Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial...The Wall

Fellow Warriors of An Loc,

If ever there was a reason to pass on an email about the treatment
that our fellow combat veterans have received, this is it.  Evidently,
our Commander-in-Chief is more interested in developing his skills
with the teleprompter, than he is in recognizing a generation of
warriors - the true architects of our nation’s prosperity.

If you are so inclined, please pass this on to our fellow Soldiers,
Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coasties.

May God Bless America,

Tom W., Lt Gen USAF (Ret)


I just wanted a bunch of you to know about this travesty. When we were
turned away from The Wall, I went to lay wreaths on my Mom and Dad and
Brother and Sister’s graves at Arlington.

Guess what?  They had that closed for the great man too!!!  Not sure
who his canned audiences were at either place, but not many veterans
like the thousands of guys I saw going away pretty angry.


Today, as I usually do each Memorial Day and Veterans Day, I joined my
fellow Soldiers I served with in Vietnam to lay a wreath for our
fallen at the Vietnam Veterans Wall.  We always gather at 0903 hours
at the Three Soldier’s Monument. There we meet for a while and talk,
see how everyone is doing, if anyone needs help, introduce any new
guys from out of town who are visiting, new guys who are joining us
for the first time, introduce any members of our family or friends who
have come with us, always followed by a few remarks about fellow
members of the Blackhorse Regiment who had passed since we had last
gathered and then we welcome each other home.

Today, after walking across Memorial Bridge and rounding the Lincoln
Memorial, I saw our guys all gathering outside of a barricade around
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  When I joined them I found out to my
total disbelief that we could not enter.  No veterans allowed.  The
reason was that Obama was coming there to make a speech and the area
was closed to everyone except special people with special passes until
his speech was over 5 hours later.

I was stunned.  Thousands of Vietnam veterans gathering like us with
wreaths in hand to recognize our fallen, turned away so that a
politician could give a speech  Most of us had been there when Reagan
spoke, Bush 41 and 43 had spoken, even Clinton, although most of us
turned our backs on him in one of the largest, silent protests
ever...seen by everyone...stinging in its impact...totally unreported
by the media...but even then, we were not turned away. Today we were.

I saw in a poll where Obama is over 25 points behind Romney with Vets.
If they all had seen what we experienced today and knew what had
transpired, the spread would be much wider.  I doubt if this will even
be reported in the media.  But, it should.  This was not our
was their day...the boys who lost their lives.  It was their brothers'
day to come and touch their names on the Wall and remember them.  It
was also Decoration Day...the day we recognize those who gave all for
all of us.  It was not about our narcissist president and his attempt
to appeal to the Vietnam Vets for votes.

Shut out, we met next to a hot dog stand under a shade tree and held
our semi-annual ritual for our fallen.  Later that day, one of our men
stayed behind and saw to it that the wreath was placed at that section
of the Wall when we lost the most during the war.  We won every battle
in that war and were denied victory.  We had to listen to an
illiterate world say that we had lost our war.  Our troops suffered
more degradation, insult, hatred, and disgust from our countrymen than
all other US troops from all wars combined.  We came home to a country
that didn't want us...and to many countrymen who loathed us...but yet
we persevered.  Today...was just one more cut...but it was a cut that
will not heal any time soon.