Chance Encounter with a Vietnam Veteran: This afternoon I had the distinct privilege of being in the presence of two Vietnam veterans. One I have known for many years as my barber. The other I have never met. It was the end of the work day for my barber and I was his last customer for the day. But in the barber's chair was a Vietnam Veteran. We began talking about the weather and cleaning our motorcycles following a rainy ride. Then the veteran began talking about his day. This veteran normally avoids events like the Trail Of Honor. It brings back memories that can be difficult. Today, for some reason, he left home on his HD and rode to the Trail Of Honor. He spoke slow, softly, with control as we listened without interruption. He recounted the respect he experienced and felt from the time he was guided by the motorcycle parking area security personnel until he reach the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. He talked about the crowds of people. This veteran has never been able to visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall in D.C. As he reached the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, he was proud to see the standing Honor Guard. He talked about the book of names and the help he received finding the names of his friends listed on the Wall. He talked about the sounds of the Huey’s, a familiar and welcome sound. He wished everyone could visit and experience the Trail Of Honor and the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. As the veteran left the barber shop I was moved by his experience with the Trail Of Honor and the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall.
Richard Courtney Sr., Clinton, MS