If you are a Veteran…Thank You for your service.
In my family we have four Veterans.
My baby brother and his son were/are both in the Navy. My Dad was in the Army and served in Korea. My husband was in the Air Force and North Dakota Air National Guard for 26 years.
A few years ago the traveling Vietnam Wall was in a nearby town. It was an awesome experience. Since my husband served during the Vietnam era we know how hard it was to be a soldier and a soldiers family during that time.
Here is a link to the wall where you can search for soldiers who gave their lives in Vietnam. In some cases there are comments…by old girlfriends, sisters, brothers and fellow soldiers. On Vincent Shepersky’s page I read a note from an old friend of mine who has since died by his own hand after serving in Vietnam.
There were three soldiers from the Park Rapids Minnesota area on the wall a few years ago.
Donald Green died May 31, 1966.
Vincent Lloyd Shepersky died August 14, 1969.
Gary Lee Rehn died November 9, 1967.
Since then James Wesley Ashley’s name has been added.
James Wesley Ashley died June 1, 1967
Gary Lee Rehn’s body was never recovered. You can still get POW/Mia bracelets.
Take some time to thank a soldier or to read about one on the Vietnam Wall this Veteran’s Day.