Teardrops for Heroes

The Moving Wall came to Elmira on a very dark, rainy August weekend. People came in bunches, very subdued. The Wall is a good place, a prayerful place, a sad place. The Viet Nam war made that place in many peoples' hearts.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

I was at the memorial twice this weekend, and there was always a lone person, reading each name. Pronunciation wasn't always correct, but my guess is that would change from region to region. Right now he was reading one "Torres" after another, occasionally tripping over the given names. In another part of the US, perhaps the Germanic names would be difficult, the French names Anglicized. It is good for everyone to remember that all Americans were well represented.

A follow-up story in the paper stated that the list was completed. For the first time in 16 years, all the names were read. 58,253 names, read for the first time in Elmira, New York. They are read in alphabetical order.

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