Memorial Day… VIETNAM 50th ANNIVERSARY
(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.”