Train-spotting in Potsdam attracts attention

The traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall was on display 24 hours a day on Aug. 24 and 25 at the 1812 battlefield in Sackets Harbor.

It was a beautiful, historic area for people to view the more than 58,000 names of heroic patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our country’s commitment to virtues of democracy.

The dreams of more than 33,000 18-year-olds of living their goals in life are gone forever.

They responded to the duty of the real heroes among combat veterans.

People visited and paid tribute to the noblest generation per President Ronald Reagan, who visited the memorial in Washington in 1983.

No doubt, this stirs painful memories of comrades for combat veterans who visit the wall; they are the special breed who will endure.

Wayne R. Gibbs


The writer served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968 and earned a Purple Heart.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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It it too bad that Republicans voted for Trump in record number, a man who had his father pay for a fake medical deferrment, and then played three sports on college right after. Trump and his father also teamed up and worked to prevent black Viet Nam veterans from renting their apartments, they paid a $250,000 fine for that case of spitting on veterans. Of course Trump slandered John McCain (and all American POW's) when Trump said "I like Veterans who weren't captured." Of course Robert Mueller is a Viet Nam veteran too. Republicans have no resepect for veterans, as shown by their overwhelming support for the president who has slandered our veterans again and again.

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