Monday, May 28, 2012
Memorial Day @ the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Part of my Memorial Day was spent among heroes (and I'm happy to see the President did the same thing today...maybe Axelrod read Friday's blog entry...)
As this is the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War, I attended the ceremony at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel. The memorial space was pretty packed and all the speakers gave excellent addresses; whether speaking about the differences between Memorial Day (so easy a president who may not know could understand), how they personally remember on Memorial Day, as well as what the Vietnam War meant to them. From veterans to Gold Star families to supporters of the military, the crowd was quite varied.
If you find yourself in New Jersey, this is a beautiful memorial, giving those who perished a moving remembrance. Adjacent to the Memorial is the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Museum. This museum, to where I once took students on a field trip, has a thorough timeline with some well-known pictures of the era, as well as letters and mementos of New Jersey Veterans who served and survived or perished in Vietnam. I highly recommend a visit!