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Lohkee
Posts: 11,303
Maricopa, Arizona, US


Well, you know what day it is. Rest assured that you have not or ever will be forgotten, and that your service is still greatly appreciated.
Apr 30 13 10:46 pm  Link  Quote 
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GK photo
Posts: 26,804
Laguna Beach, California, US


Lohkee wrote:
Well, you know what day it is. Rest assured that you have not or ever will be forgotten, and that your service is still greatly appreciated.

much more now, than in '75. it was a fucked up war, in a fucked up time, for fucked up reasons, that fucked up a lot of lives, both here, and in indochina.

all that with the backdrop of the civil rights movement and riots here at home, and it was a very volatile period in american history. so close, and yet it seems like centuries ago.

when the sabre rattling started in '02/'03 over iraq, i was like, wtf? can this really be happening? us history is very myopic.

Apr 30 13 11:09 pm  Link  Quote 
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Lightcraft Studio
Posts: 11,824
Delray Beach, Florida, US


Lohkee wrote:
Well, you know what day it is. Rest assured that you have not or ever will be forgotten, and that your service is still greatly appreciated.

+1

Apr 30 13 11:21 pm  Link  Quote 
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Lohkee
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Maricopa, Arizona, US


GK photo wrote:

much more now, than in '75. it was a fucked up war, in a fucked up time, for fucked up reasons, that fucked up a lot of lives, both here, and in indochina.

all that with the backdrop of the civil rights movement and riots here at home, and it was a very volatile period in american history. so close, and yet it seems like centuries ago.

when the sabre rattling started in '02/'03 over iraq, i was like, wtf? can this really be happening? us history is very myopic.

No argument from me. This post was made at the request of my wife.

On this date, at the age of 13, Hue lost everything that she had ever known and her family was scattered to the wind. After all of these years, they are still trying to reunite. What she does not understand (at all) is why we don't honor our warriors on this day (it's not about winning or loosing for her, but the sacrifice of Americans who tried to help her people stay free). Ironically, many (most?) Americans don't even know the significance of this day - you would be hard put to find a Vietnamese who doesn't. Hue wanted to our soldiers to know that they will never be forgotten and their efforts forever appreciated as long as Vietnamese feet walk this earth.

That is all.

Apr 30 13 11:40 pm  Link  Quote 
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GK photo
Posts: 26,804
Laguna Beach, California, US


well, we do have days to honor the fallen, and those who served. no, we don't do it by conflict/war, but we do indeed do it.

i still remember watching the last folks clamoring to get on those hueys on top of the us embassy as a kid. they are images i'll never forget.
Apr 30 13 11:45 pm  Link  Quote 
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Lohkee
Posts: 11,303
Maricopa, Arizona, US


GK photo wrote:
well, we do have days to honor the fallen, and those who served. no, we don't do it by conflict/war, but we do indeed do it.

i still remember watching the last folks clamoring to get on those hueys on top of the us embassy as a kid. they are images i'll never forget.

And I remember the images of our folks pushing those choppers off of the ships into the ocean to make room for more incoming refuges. It was indeed a very sad time.

Hue just wanted Americans to know that, regardless of the outcome, their efforts and sacrifices will forever be remembered and appreciated.

Apr 30 13 11:57 pm  Link  Quote 
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Chuckarelei
Posts: 9,087
Seattle, Washington, US


Lohkee wrote:
Well, you know what day it is. Rest assured that you have not or ever will be forgotten, and that your service is still greatly appreciated.

Sadly but true, most Americans have forgotten. And worst, many don't even know nor care.

I tried to do my best/part to bring awareness even though MM is not the best place to spread the message:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/14707258

May 01 13 12:09 am  Link  Quote 
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Chuckarelei
Posts: 9,087
Seattle, Washington, US


GK photo wrote:
well, we do have days to honor the fallen, and those who served. no, we don't do it by conflict/war, but we do indeed do it.

There are days to do that. But whether people will do the honor, that's up for debate. It seems like those days become a day for party, sleeping in, and a big sale at stores. A month ago in my Facebook circle, there was this big frenzy and support for marriage equality. I posted to ask and see if there is the same enthusiasm comes Memorial Day.

May 01 13 12:15 am  Link  Quote 
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Lohkee
Posts: 11,303
Maricopa, Arizona, US


Chuckarelei wrote:

Sadly but true, most Americans have forgotten. And worst, many don't even know nor care.

I tried to do my best/part to bring awareness even though MM is not the best place to spread the message:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/14707258

Chuckles. Try flying the old Vietnamese flag (yellow with three red bars) on this day. One of my neighbors thought it was really cool that I supported gay rights (which I do), but still, SIGH!

May 01 13 12:31 am  Link  Quote 
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GK photo
Posts: 26,804
Laguna Beach, California, US


Chuckarelei wrote:
There are days to do that. But whether people will do the honor, that's up for debate. It seems like those days become a day for party, sleeping in, and a big sale at stores. A month ago in my Facebook circle, there was this big frenzy and support for marriage equality. I posted to ask and see if there is the same enthusiasm comes Memorial Day.

indeed, the reasons for celebrating certain days has been lost.  memorial day, the 4th and veterans day do mean a lot to me. the wars may not have always been something i would agree with, but those who served and died should always be remembered.

May 01 13 12:34 am  Link  Quote 
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GK photo
Posts: 26,804
Laguna Beach, California, US


Lohkee wrote:
And I remember the images of our folks pushing those choppers off of the ships into the ocean to make room for more incoming refuges. It was indeed a very sad time.

another powerful image from that day.

May 01 13 12:39 am  Link  Quote 
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Tropic Light
Posts: 7,021
Kailua, Hawaii, US


Thank you Lohkee, to you and your wife.
May 01 13 12:45 am  Link  Quote 
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Lohkee
Posts: 11,303
Maricopa, Arizona, US


GK photo wrote:
indeed, the reasons for celebrating certain days has been lost.  memorial day, the 4th and veterans day do mean a lot to me. the wars may not have always been something i would agree with, but those who served and died should always be remembered.

THIS! The soldier does what is asked of them by their country and deserve our respect regardless. What our country asks of our soldiers is often a different matter altogether. Two very separate issues!

May 01 13 12:50 am  Link  Quote 
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sospix
Posts: 20,922
Orlando, Florida, US


My father served four tours in country, starting in 1958 as an advisor in Laos  .  .  .  three of my uncles also were there throughout the 60's  .  .  .  so, not everyone has forgotten  .  .  .  but, the memories, and those that were around at the time are growing grayer all the time  .  .  .  thanks for keeping those that served in your thoughts, and honouring the fallen  .  .  .

SOS
May 01 13 09:04 am  Link  Quote 
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PhillipPhotography
Posts: 2,490
San Leandro, California, US


Lohkee wrote:

Chuckles. Try flying the old Vietnamese flag (yellow with three red bars) on this day. One of my neighbors thought it was really cool that I supported gay rights (which I do), but still, SIGH!

lol

May 01 13 09:19 am  Link  Quote 
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Will Snizek Photography
Posts: 1,386
Beckley, West Virginia, US


I think very highly of Vietnam vets.  I speak with them all the time when I'm getting my health taken care of up at the VA.  Their service in that war will never be forgotten by me.
May 01 13 11:24 am  Link  Quote 
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Cherrystone
Posts: 35,309
Columbus, Ohio, US


I could never forget. Too many friends & almost relatives names are etched in Gabbro.
May 01 13 11:41 am  Link  Quote 
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K E E L I N G
Posts: 39,717
Peoria, Illinois, US


Lohkee wrote:
Well, you know what day it is. Rest assured that you have not or ever will be forgotten, and that your service is still greatly appreciated.

+ a whole lot

May 01 13 11:50 am  Link  Quote 
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Virtual Studio
Posts: 5,050
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Lohkee wrote:
No argument from me. This post was made at the request of my wife.

On this date, at the age of 13, Hue lost everything that she had ever known and her family was scattered to the wind. After all of these years, they are still trying to reunite. What she does not understand (at all) is why we don't honor our warriors on this day (it's not about winning or loosing for her, but the sacrifice of Americans who tried to help her people stay free). Ironically, many (most?) Americans don't even know the significance of this day - you would be hard put to find a Vietnamese who doesn't. Hue wanted to our soldiers to know that they will never be forgotten and their efforts forever appreciated as long as Vietnamese feet walk this earth.

That is all.

but the sacrifice of Americans who tried to help her people stay free

You see that's where you lose the rest of us. The US sponsored regime in South Vietnam was nasty brutal and utterly repressive - think Panama under US supported Noriaga or Chile under US sponsored Pinochet.

Feel for the Americans who were sacrificed for some bogus ideology.

May 01 13 04:28 pm  Link  Quote 
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Managing Light
Posts: 1,725
Salem, Virginia, US


Lohkee wrote:
Well, you know what day it is. Rest assured that you have not or ever will be forgotten, and that your service is still greatly appreciated.

Bless you and Hue for this, Lohkee, and bless all of those who served and those who died.

May 01 13 05:33 pm  Link  Quote 
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