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May 28, 2012



(ABC7/AP) – Memorial Day in 2012 bore extra meaning for those who served and fought during the Vietnam War, as this year commemorates the 50th anniversary of America’s first involvement in the conflict.

And, for the first time on Monday, Vietnam veteran Raul Barerra brought his family to the place that cuts so deep – the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall – and that reminds him of decades of missing two childhood friends.

“Maybe, someday, we’ll walk the streets in heaven together, like we did back home,” he said.

This year’s Memorial Day marked the beginning of a 13-year project to commemorate and remember American involvement in Vietnam. Speaking at the memorial, Obama said of the veterans of that war served with “just as much patriotism and honor as any before you.”

Brittany Jacobs of Hereford, N.C., hugs her 17-month old son Christian at her husband, Marine SGT Christopher Jacobs’ gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day at in Arlington, Va.

  1. May 28, 2012 5:09 pm

    Apologies War Veterans… my computer was on the fritz not letting me post my material in your honor until now…

    To ALL the families that have suffered the heartache of fallen soldiers and to ALL who serve our country with bravery and courage-

    We salute you on this day in remembrance of your valiant service for US and the Land you are willing to lay down your lives for, the United States of America.

    God Bless You and keep you safe-

  2. pamelaofthepoconos permalink
    May 30, 2012 7:01 am

    A beautiful tribute to these soldiers. And while much was done this year in general, to express appreciation for the sacrifices of our soldiers, perhaps there should have been more emphasis on the Viet Nam Anniversary.
    Well – you did your part!

  3. May 30, 2012 8:11 am

    I know- How sad, the media once again chose to ignore the Vietnam Veterans.
    I remember taking my neighbor to the VA, he was a WWII Veteran, and seeing the V-V.

    I don’t believe they have ever gotten over the negative response from the majority of people in our country at that time- They truly are among the lost and forgotten.Their contributions will never be recognized because it rekindles the memories of a government wearing a black eye for choosing political expediency over the best path for what was right for our country.

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