The traveling Vietnam War Wall of Honor, containing the names of over 58,000 American men and women in uniform, who died during the Vietnam War were again honored this weekend at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City. Residents from Lincoln County as well as throughout the region gathered at the ceremonies which included the awarding of service medals for Vietnam Vets who never received them in a proper way at the end of their tour of duty in that southeast asian battleground.
One by one their names were announced and the awards given to them with hearty thanks from the traveling Vietnam Wall Memorial crew. Lots of strong beating hearts, swift flowing tears and profound feelings of gratitude and gratefulness filled the air among the many who gathered there Saturday.
Though the Vietnam War was a controversial foreign military action, what wasn’t controversial was that hundreds of thousands of Americans answered their country’s call – served bravely and with a full heart – that what they did there protected and preserved the freedom that every American feels and cherishes today from sea to shining sea.
Today that fight continues in the Middle East against a powerful new enemy, ISIS, a radical muslim sect that has been fighting and beheading its way across Iraq and Syria – threatening strategically important oil bearing lands important to the United States and its allies. Although there has also been great criticism of this fight, those among America’s armed forces are doing their duty in the name of freedom for not only the U.S. but the free world as we know it.