I know that Veteran's Day was officially this past Sunday, and I spent a good portion of my day NOT watching football, but immersing myself in documentaries and war movies. If you don't check out ANY other link, you MUST click on Band of Bloggers. I found this on the History Channel, and was completely entranced. Bloggers, on the front lines, telling their daily stories...it is mesmerizing.Had it not been for Fun Monday, I would have posted this earlier. However, it is just as good today, since we should be reminded EVERY day of the sacrifices made by our fellow Americans and their brothers in arms.I am grateful that my daughter and I were able to travel to Washington D.C. this past spring. She was with an intense leadership program, while I was able to toodle around as I pleased. We were both struck, in ways that are difficult to describe, by the Korean War Memorial, shown above.My favorite war movie is Saving Private Ryan. If you haven't seen it - you must, but be prepared for graphic imagery.
My husband was a Navy Corpsman during the Vietnam era - and though he never set foot on Vietnam soil, he saw the devastation of the war wounded, up close. Amber and I both took special note of the Vietnam Nurses Memorial, pictured below. For a look at the operations of a Baghdad medical team, check out CNN's Combat Hospital.Roger likes The Military Channel, which I usually avoid. But I was captivated and teary-eyed during "War Wounds" - stories of men and women who have returned from Iraq, still fighting personal battles.I didn't expect anything to happen emotionally while I took the "memorial tour" of D.C. Besides sobbing during the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, I was touched by this:Nothing prepared me for more than 58,000 names etched in granite. My reaction was immediate, heart-wrenching grief for those souls and those who loved them. I promise to never forget.