Charles loves and appreciates history. And he grew up in a time when the draft was in effect and several of his friends were called and served during the Vietnam conflict. He had shared with me the details of a funeral of one of his friends who went and gave his all in 1969. When Charles learned the memorial was coming to Cookeville, he made it a priority to go.
The display is setup very nice. There is no cost for admission, but there is a donation box if you would like to help support the program.
If you are looking for a specific name, there are volunteers there to lookup the name for you and the section the name is located. They will provide you with the section number and row of the name of the veteran you have come to view. They also will provide you with a paper and pencil to make a tracing to carry home.
In the photo to the left, Charles has found a volunteer to help him locate the specific section given to him on the way in. Also in the photo, just to the left side, you see a volunteer and some others kneeling by the wall. It was humbling to hear a woman expressing her grief over the loss of a loved one. It has been many years, but her loss remains and was heart-wrenching to witness.
There is also an area with displays and momentos left at the wall, along with a very informative video on the beginning of the project and a letter written to "the young men" by President Ronald Reagan.
If you get a chance to visit, please do! Whether you have a personal connection to the conflict, or not. It's a good reminder for us all of the sacrifices so many have made for our country.
If Cookeville is too far to attend, I would suggest going to the website to find the tour locations this year.
Every so often, we take some time away from the farm and just enjoy each other's company. Today we went towards Cookeville. This week, "The Wall that Heals" is set up beside of Cookeville High School. It is a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. The announcement came back in November that Cookeville would be on the list of stops this year. To find out details of the visit to Cookeville - http://spartalive.com/the-wall-that-heals-in-cookeville/
We are looking forward to the trip to Mississippi to see old friends and make new friends too! I am "makin' a list, checkin' it twice....", and hoping to get to Batesville with everything I need and most of what I hope to have with me.
Paperwork? In progress
Pen signs? En route
Giveaway gift basket? ? ? ? I have a list!!!
Luggage packed? HA
Truck serviced? Not yet
Farm sitter scheduled? YES!!
Speaking of "over 40 years", last week I got to celebrate the big "5-0" with family. Its always a good time getting together with this bunch. The game was Headbanz.
And I am terrible at it! But just to show I am a good sport....... here I am with BEER on my forehead. We all had a good time, laughed a lot and are thankful to spend time together. My sister-in-law was nice and made me a birthday cake! Good times.
We also got to watch the episode of FarmHer that was filmed here on the farm. We are really thankful to be a small part of Marji's vision - to increase awareness of the roles women play in agriculture. They did a wonderful job of depicting life here on Dean Hill.
Here is hoping to catch up with you in Batesville, whether for the first time or the 100th!!