I got the honor to volunteer at the Vietnam Veteran memorial wall replica in Meridian, Idaho this past weekend. The opportunity to help people find the names of their loved ones and friends was so meaningful and humbling experience.

War is indeed a complex and sobering subject, and the Vietnam War holds a significant place in history. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, with its design and placement of names, serves as a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made and the toll of war. It’s a solemn tribute to those who fought and lost their lives.

It’s understandable that as a veteran, I have mixed emotions about not having been called to combat. Survivors’ guilt is a common feeling among those who have served but were not directly involved in combat situations. It’s important to recognize that each person’s military experience is unique, and everyone contributes to the overall effort in their own way.

As we approach the 4th of July, it’s crucial to remember and honor the sacrifices made by countless individuals who fought for the freedom we enjoy today. It’s a time to reflect on the significance of their service and the impact of war on individuals, families, and communities.