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VietNam........ours was a ugly...dirty war from the day the first CIA stepped on its soil.... to the day Mr.Nixon gave us "Peace with Honor"....many years and lives too late...to a nation that sent...then spat on their youths that went to fight a war nobody wanted nor thought was right...Our goverment was lying and getting caught... there was little home support for the "troops over there"....few yellow ribbons on trees...no parades ..........Yet...a ton of broken hearts.....crushed dreams.....and lost youth.....

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Graphic Intense....Hang in there.......

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ONCE MORE I STAND HERE WITH MY HAND ON YOUR NAMES..ON THIS GRANITE WALL...STILL WONDERING...WHY?I SEARCH DEEP WITHIN AND RECALL OUR GLORY DAYS..RIDING THE LOOP..FIVE GUYS PASSING A QUART OF BEER AROUND..LAUGHING..SINGING.. CLOWNING AROUND..NOT A CARE IN THE WORLD..OH YES..THAT WAS A TIME TO BE ALIVE...
THOSE DAYS..AS YOU MY BROTHERS...ARE LONG GONE...IN A WAY I FEEL YOU AND ALL THE OTHERS WERE THE LUCKY ONES....IF YOU COULD ONLY SEE OUR WORLD TODAY...LIKE THE WAR ITSELF...IT GOT REAL UGLY...EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED...TRUE FRIENDS TODAY CAN BE COUNTED ON ONE HAND...EVERYONE IS IN IT FOR THEMSELVES...CAN'T FIND A POLITICIAN ON ANY LEVEL THATS HONEST AND FEW REALLY CARE...THE WORLD IS GREEDY AND BLOODTHIRSTY...TRUST NO ONE WITH ANYTHING...HYPOCRISY ABOUNDS....NOT MANY ARE EVEN TRUE TO THEMSELF..LOYALITY..PATRIOTISIM..
PRIDE..HONESTY...VALUES ARE ALL JUST WORDS TODAY...SO YOU SEE GUYS...YOU'D HATE IT AS MUCH AS I....YOU GUYS ARE WITH ME EACH DAY AND NIGHT...I HONOR YOUR MEMORY AND CELEBRATE YOUR LIVES AND THE TIMES WE HAD TOGETHER....NOT ONLY ON SPECIAL DAYS SUCH AS THIS...NOT A DAY HAS PASSED IN THIRTY-THREE YEARS WHEN YOU GUYS ARE NOT THOUGHT OF...I LOVE YOU GUYS...ALWAYS WILL.....TILL FOREVER MY FRIENDS.............MORT
VETERANS DAY 2000

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UPON RETURNING FROM NAM ALL THOSE YEARS AGO..I KINDA GOT LOST...WITH WHAT I JUST WENT THROUGH AND SEEN AND WITH WHAT I SAW IN OUR NATION THEN..I WAS DUMBFOUNDED TO SAY THE VERY LEAST..NOTHING MADE ANY SENSE...FAMILY...FRIENDS...CO-WORKERS...EVERYTHING WAS DIFFERENT AND I DIDN'T SEEM TO FIT IN ANY MORE...ANY WHERE...THE LESSONS AND VALUES LEARNED AS A CHILD DIDN'T FIT IN TO THIS TIME EITHER...EVERYONE AND ALMOST EVERYTHING WAS A STRANGER...IT TOOK A LONG TIME TO JOIN THE WORLD AGAIN... BUT I EVENTUALLY DID...WELL...THOUGH THE PAST STAYED BURIED...LOOKING THRU ALL THE DIFFERENT SITES HAS AWAKENED SOMETHING INSIDE...THE PICTURES...POEMS...PERSONAL EXPERIENCES...THE ARTWORK...GRAPHICS...THEY ALL TELL THE SAME STORY...WITH A MIX OF ART...PHOTOS...SONGS AND MAPS...RETURN WITH ME AS I TRY TO RECALL THAT WHICH HAS BEEN BURIED FOR SO LONG....AND SO DEEP.......
 

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WENT TO THE WALL ONCE AGAIN TO SEE MY BROTHERS...EIGHT I GREW UP WITH...SIX I SERVED PROUDLY WITH...ITS BEEN OVER THIRTY-THREE YEARS NOW AND FOR SOME REASON....ITS TIME TO LET SOME OUT...MAYBE IT WAS THE HOMELESS I PASS EACH TIME I GO...OR THE LITTLE DEMOSTRATIONS ON EVERY CORNER OVER PETTY THINGS...IN THIS GREAT CITY...THE HEART OF OUR NATION BEATS...AND ITS A COLD CRUEL HEART TODAY.."DO FOR ME...I WILL DO FOR YOU"..................WORDS LIKE TRUST..FRIENDSHIP..RESPECT..
HONORABLE AND LOYALITY..WERE NOT ALWAYS JUST EMPTY WORDS AS THEY ARE TODAY...THERE WAS A TIME WHEN THESE WERE POWERFUL WORDS...FEW SEEM TO REMEMBER...EVEN FEWER SEEM TO CARE.......
IN THE PAST THIRTY PLUS YEARS I HAVE BURIED AND RE-BURIED MANY A GHOST...LIKE MOST I KEEP IT SAFE WITHIN...LOOKING AT OUR WORLD TODAY....I HAVE TO WONDER....DID WE LET THIS HAPPEN BECAUSE OF OUR SILENCE FOR SO LONG??....SHOULD OUR GHOSTS AND DEMONS AND RAGE NOT BEEN BURIED SO DEEP??....THE FACE OF OUR NATION...I DON'T EVEN KNOW IT ANYMORE...

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War is not pretty...some images within maybe disturbing for children and others....but that is the nature of the beast...........

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