My uncle served in the Vietnam War. My mom has told me stories of him being drafted, wearing his Army uniform at his wedding, and being on base in Texas. He also sent her letters while he was in Vietnam. At the time, she was around 10 years old and wishes she would’ve kept those letters to fully understand what he went through. To this day, I don’t feel comfortable asking him questions about it even though I’m curious. So many of these veterans have bad memories of their experiences. It was a war that wasn’t exactly favored and thousands of lives were lost.
The Memorial Walls
A few years ago I was in Washington, D.C. and went on an evening monument tour. It was an amazing experience. Seeing the Vietnam Veterans National Memorial in person was very emotional. The names were not much larger than size 20 font and the wall was very long. If you have ever been there, you understand its impact. Its something that can't be explained too well into words. You just have to be there to experience it.
Michigan Vietnam Veteran Traveling Memorial
If you haven’t been to Washington, D.C., you can soon experience the Michigan traveling memorial. The College has made arrangements for the wall to be at the Troy Campus on April 8. Stop by to view it, learn about this important part of our nation's history and remember those who gave their lives in the Vietnam War. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to see it in person!
Tuesday, April 8
Troy Campus, Frankel Lobby
5:30 p.m. Special Presentation with Mike Rinkus, Veteran, Associate Professor, SVO Advisor
Did you have family members who served in this war?