Saturday, Nov. 11, is Veteran’s Day. It’s especially memorable to Judy and me this year because her mother died on a Saturday Veteran’s day in 1995. I was very impressed with Ken Burns’ recent, excellent series about The Vietnam War on public TV. It was 18 hours in length which took 10 years to prepare. It covered the long and extremely complex war in unbelievable and impressive detail. That war can only be described as a massive human tragedy for both sides, and we should never forget it. It certainly brought it all back for Judy and me. I can only hope the younger generations watched and learned about Vietnam. Anyone who is now 42 years old or younger was born after it was over, and that’s a large chunk of our population. I had never been aware of how badly the American public was misled and lied to by the Johnson and Nixon administrations. I also found out that Ho Chi Minh himself didn’t run the North Vietnam operations. He was too old and frail, so one of his generals assumed the leadership position. For some time after the Vietnam War many people claimed the Korean War had been forgotten. I’ve been concerned that, with the record length of our current war on terror in the Middle East, Vietnam might also become “forgotten” like Korea.
Frank NeSmith, Columnist
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