Posts tagged ‘Commemoration’

March 27, 2019

Vietnam Plus Fifty

by lewwaters

Recently I acknowledged on facebook of the date, February 6, 1969, the 50th anniversary of my entering the U.S. Army. Looking back it’s hard to believe that was actually 50 years ago, just a few months after my 20th birthday.

As I have said to others many times over the years, I enlisted after earlier receiving my draft notice, hoping to receive training in the “job of my choice” instead of automatically being placed into the infantry and shipped off to Vietnam, as my career Army cousin had told me would most likely have happened if drafted.

As luck would have it, on July 13, 1969 I landed at Bien Hoa Airbase in South Vietnam after completing training in my “job of choice” in helicopters from Ft. Eustis, Virginia.

Like most men that I served with, I believed in what we were sent over there to do and did not approve of the actions of the few that seemed to draw the headlines back in the U.S. claiming day to day atrocities and mayhem.

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May 30, 2016

Battle Ground Holds First Memorial Day Commemoration

by lewwaters

The City of Battle Ground, Washington is to be commended for their somber and respectful Memorial Day ceremony.

As it should be, the focus was placed on those from the community that made the ultimate sacrifice.

No political grandstanding, no shout outs to elected officials or candidates for office, just respectful reading of the names by council members and somber poems by Mayor Philip Johnson.

Playing of taps concluded the ceremony.

Excellent job, Battle Ground.

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