Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Vietnam Veterans 'Moving Wall' Comes to Middle Tennessee

An article at a local news site spurred me to respond. I had to tone it down a bit. This is a rural, bible belt area and sometimes a more subtle approach is best. My comments are below the re-posted article. Thanks to the Cannon Wire for allowing other views.



Ken Wilson, AKA Purple Haze, as part of the Patriot Guard





Cannon Countian to help escort 'The Moving Wall'


Some things need to be repeated. Then, of course, some things just don’t.

You have heard that “The Moving Wall,” the mobile version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be on display at Westwood Elementary School, 912 Oakdale Street in Manchester, just a short drive away.

You also probably know that it will be on display October 29 thru November 1 and will be open 24 hours a day. You also may know that there is an opening ceremony scheduled for 7 pm Thursday night October 29.

Another thing you may be aware of is that The Patriot Guard Riders along with Rolling Thunder and The American Legion Riders will be providing a Motorcycle escort of The Moving Wall from The Ambassador Inn on Interstate drive in Manchester to the display site at Westwood Elementary School.

However, what you may not know is that Cannon County’s own Ken Wilson rides with the Patriot Guard Riders and will be part of the escort.

Are you old enough to remember Vietnam?

Vietnam soldiers were the forgotten veterans of an unpopular war. It was an unsettling time where every belief system seemed to get turned upside down and inside out.

Most of the nation, worked up to a media feeding frenzy, didn’t want the war, didn’t like the war, and disrespected those who were in it, forgetting that those who went were drafted and didn’t have much of a choice.

In Cannon County, citizens for the most part are insulated from what occurs in larger cities. Cannon County was lucky because most didn’t see active war protesters except on TV.

Across the nation, Americans were even going so far as to participate in flag burning ceremonies, bra burnings, and of course, we can’t forget Woodstock, where the sex, drugs, and rock and roll were free and easy.

Vietnam was the first nationally telecast war, brought to you in Technicolor, in the comfort of your living room, by your local sponsor.

In Cannon County, the most you may have seen locally were kids who wore POW/MIA bracelets, peace signs, and you may have noticed a patch of the American Flag that had been sewn on a kid’s posterior.

That is, if you lived during that era.

Most didn’t understand that those people who were in Vietnam and millions like them gave Americans the right to express freely their opinions. The American soldiers gave Americans the right to desecrate a patriotic emblem that in many countries would have been a hanging offense.

During that black time in American History, boys, barely old enough to grow hair on their chin, saw things that people only in war see, did things that people do only in war, and at the end of their tour, if they were lucky, they came home.

There were no welcome home bands playing, no patriotic flag waving, no kisses and no hugs.

Instead, they were spit on, physically hit, and mentally slapped by curses when they stepped off the plane and onto American soil.

By the way, don’t think it didn’t happen to those who were from Cannon County, because it did.

Never heard anyone from Cannon County who did any spitting on our soldiers, though.

Overall, our country didn’t mourn and honor the lost, instead, they protested the coffins bearing those that came home, causing even more grief to the families that had the ultimate grief to bear.

There were even protesters at their funerals, appalling to everyone except the protesters.

Years later, the worm turned.

In 1979, a group of Vietnam veterans started the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, choosing to take that black time in patriotism and turn it to good, in order to honor those who served and educate others.

The group lobbied Congress for a two acre plot of land in the Constitution Gardens in Washington, D.C. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed legislation to see it though. It was a three and half year task to build the memorial and to orchestrate a celebration to finally salute those who served in Vietnam. It’s not a war Memorial but a Memorial to those who served in the war, both living and dead.

"The Moving Wall" is the half-size replica of the Washington, DC. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial has been touring the country since 1984 and there are actually two that travel from April through November.

If you have never been to Washington, felt the power by placing your hand on the cold marble and in awe felt all the names engraved, you now have your chance at the next best thing.

Another organization sprang up with another mission, but just as noble is the Patriot Guard Riders.

Yes, the Patriot Guard Riders ride motorcycles and they have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security.

Ken Wilson has ridden many miles to different locations to participate in this worthwhile endeavor.

The Guard's mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family. Their mission is also to show sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities and to shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protester or group of protesters, so that what happened in the past will never happen again.

Of course, they accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.

We must never forget to show respect to those who have served, those who are currently in service, and those who have died to keep our great America free.

Veterans Day is November 11 and Cannon County is remembering our veterans with a parade and more.

Lessons were learned when the worm turned.

http://thewall-usa.com/

http://www.patriotguard.org/
source: Cannon Wire
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I have stood at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in D.C. I have laid my hands on the names of a best friend, former neighbors and those that I did not know. I felt a tingle in my spine and tears upon my cheeks. I also remembered those that I knew whose names are not on the wall but who died prematurely from their time in Vietnam, not from physical wounds but from the demons they brought back with them.

My respect for those who served and died has been unwavering for over 40 years. My disrespect and contempt for those who sent them has also never wavered.

If you don't want to hear a counterpoint to some of the notions in this article, read no further. My intent is not against any present or former service member but to challenge the propaganda and lies that the wars of our time have been for America’s freedom and security. You may say that questioning the actions of our government is un-American. I call it patriotic.

A hard thing for folks to accept is that our government has been hijacked by forces in the military/industrial complex, the CIA, the lobbyists, the profiteers of war. Eisenhower in his last speech even warned us of what was coming. {http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y06NSBBRtY}
It could be argued that the assassination of JFK was a coup d'etat from which we have never recovered.

An even harder thing to accept is that our government would send our sons and daughters to kill and be killed for one thing...the profits of a few. We tend to think that politicians and U.S. contractors are just like us. Perhaps that is the biggest deception of all. Remember the quote from one of the architects of the Vietnam war and still an 'adviser' to the current administration, Henry Kissinger?
(Soldiers are) dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy. {http://www.buzzle.com/articles/biography-of-henry-kissinger.html}

The escalation of the Vietnam War was based on the Gulf of Tonkin incident which in hindsight was a big lie. {http://www.the7thfire.com/Politics%20and%20History/Gulf-of-Tonkin.htm} The same type of lies were used in the government/media creations of the invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq where the plans were already in place before 9/11. {http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/01/11/bush_began_iraq_plan_pre_911_oneill_says/} The war planning think tank The Project for a New American Century conceived the concept of 'permanent war' in 2000 with their "Rebuilding America's Defense". All that was lacking was a 'new Pearl Harbor' which so conveniently happened just one year later. {http://www.sourcewatch.orgindex.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century}

The author above is certainly correct about the despicable treatment of returning Vietnam vets. I am thinking that the worst of these actions happened as the vets returned to the West Coast where the anti-war movement was most prevalent. Although there were millions of sincere protesters, it is known now that many of the major groups were infiltrated by the FBI and other government lackeys. These agent provocateurs encouraged the spitting and name calling and some followers blindly obliged. It was another 'divide and conquer' technique to paint all activists as disrespectful to the involuntary draftees who were forced to do what they did. Of all of the hundreds of Vietnam vets I have known, I also never heard of this happening in the middle Tennessee area.

By some estimates we are now nearing $1 trillion spent on war since 2001 and those figures may be low. {http://costofwar.com/} This does not include the cost to America for our 'best friend' in the middle east, Israel, who is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. aid since World War II. {http://wrmea.org/component/content/article/245-2008-november/3845-congress-watch-a-conservative-estimate-of-total-direct-us-aid-to-israel-almost-114-billion.html}

Cui bono - Who benefits? Who profits and who pays? As in all crime scenes...follow the money.

Our taxpayer military expenditures are now 54% of total federal outlays. {http://www.warresisters.org/pages/piechart.htm}

Besides that, in an economic crisis, the U.S. is expanding its role as the world’s leading weapons supplier. {http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/07/world/07weapons.html}

War is our biggest industry. Just about the only one we have left. History has shown that we tend to arm all sides in a conflict. The CIA created and funded al quada to fight the Russians in Afghanistan, then they became our enemy. Saddam was our ally once, we supplied all the WMD's he could pay us for in the Iraq/Iran war and then he became our enemy too. Without enemies of our own creation, the profits of the war machine would dwindle. Iran is the new one with Pakistan and their nukes right alongside.We've caused the deaths of over 1 million Iraqis, displaced millions more and destroyed their country while losing over 4,000 American lives as a result of our occupation. What for...to save them? Please name one thing that the Bush administration told us in 2003 that was a true reason for our invasion

8 more U.S. soldiers died today in Afghanistan on top of the 14 this past weekend. Did they die for our 'freedoms' or did they die for the money machine we call the defense industry enabled by a Congress with conflicts of interest? The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics has calculated that more than 151 members of Congress have up to $195 million invested in major defense contractors that are earning profits from the US military occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan. {http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/14-congress-invested-in-defense-contracts/}

Once more...Does the government and media ever lie to us? Most of you will say yes to that question. My other question is how do we discern between the truths and the lies that we are fed daily? Could it be that the profiteers of war are liars who will bring our great country down economically and morally using our children as pawns in this killing game.

I salute our soldiers. I bow in respect to the Vietnam wall and the lost lives it represents. But I will never bow to the orchestrators of false wars.

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?
Gandhi

All warfare is based on deception.

Sun Tzu

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Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial - My Small Tribute to Eric Duffer

13 comments:

  1. I applaude their efforts. I only wish more people were aware that both sides of conflict are funded by the same Bankers. Soldiers die, and the global bankers profit.

    We send young people to die in war. We wave our flags and cheer them on. Yet, when the soldiers come home with their arms and legs missing, we ignore the Vets and kick them into the street.

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  2. Homeless vets.
    http://www.nchv.org/background.cfm

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  3. I am a Vietnam vet and when I was in the service I didn't know what I do now.And liber8tor you are right, we the sheeple just fight,fund and die in their wars for profit.I have a close friend that was a prisoner in Vietnam and he can not sleep with his wife because he has try to kill her, so after 37 years of marriage they sleep in different bedrooms.Some wounds never heal.


    Truth
    Peace

    Peace

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  4. I was drafted in 1968 to 1970. I have many friends who did not come back from Vietnam. There is not enough space in these small blocks to say what I would really like.

    I really appreciate what you put into this blog Kenny I find it very uplifting. It reminds me there are some I can call countryman. There is a time however when people holding these type rallies need to sit down and think about what they are celebrating and trying to honor.

    I would suggest praying for the soldiers, praying for their parents who never seemed to understand why these constant wars are being fought.

    Quite frankly when I was in the eight infantry we were cheering the protesters on happy to know that somebody in this country had a brain and guts enough to do something about it. The protesters have my deepest respect. I respect them more than I do the mindless automatons who celebrate wars, any wars simply because it was a war and they couldn't find the country on a map if they tried.

    I don't go around veterans organizations for just that reason. They try to justify the wars for which there is no justification and no freedom was won for anyone. It was just more mindless death for no reason.

    Many of us silently cheered the people screaming hell no we won't go knowing they had just as much courage as any of us. I got out of the whole mess alive but the students at Kent State didn't. When is someone going to have memorial for them. They won't it was just collateral damage.

    I thought the dog poet answered this one beatifully
    http://zippittydodah.blogspot.com/2009/07/serving-armies-of-standing-bankers.html

    There is also a combat marine who writes on Veterans Today and he just did an article on the 9-11 Deception and adds there is no humility Americans won't accept anymore.

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=8846#at

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  5. Hello Everyone...I want to ask if you would spread the word about the first annual Veterans Day National Multi-Media Marathon...The Jerry Lewis of Internet Radio and Web TV, for our nation's Veterans! This is not just another fundraiser, this is a Movement to galvanize America in this difficult economic times. This is about America taking care of it's own and raising awareness, educating and inspiring one and other....a day to unite as one America and celebrate our American Way of Life and extend our Gratitude to the Men and Women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Freedom. Please spread the word and join us on SOS Support Our Soldiers Internet TV Channel! it's the $11 campaign on 11/11/2009....Veterans calling in from around the world at active duty military bases, stationed warships, and even the Pentagon...celebrities, medical professionals discussing the latest research, and much more...check out the website in development, Press Release in a matter of days and the website will be launched live to the public along with it....take a peak now...http://www.supportoursoldiers.org/working

    Click on the SOS TV icon on the homepage and it takes you to the livestream Internet TV Channel! Thank You and God Bless America...Lets come together to save our great nation!

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  6. I was afraid I would run out of space. I honor them by sending out Country Joe and Fish CDs.

    And it's one, two, three,
    What are we fighting for ?
    Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
    Next stop is Vietnam.
    And it's five, six, seven,
    Open up the pearly gates,
    Well there ain't no time to wonder why
    Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

    Well, come on mothers throughout the land,
    Pack your boys off to Vietnam.
    Come on fathers, don't hesitate,
    Send 'em off before it's too late.
    Be the first one on your block
    To have your boy come home in a box.

    And it's one, two, three
    What are we fighting for ?
    Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
    Next stop is Vietnam.
    And it's five, six, seven,
    Open up the pearly gates,
    Well there ain't no time to wonder why,
    Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

    You can read the rest of it here.

    http://www.well.com/~cjfish/game.htm#cheer

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  7. Unfortunately Valerie no freedom was won in Vietnam unless we recognize the country can chart it's own future now without interference and they seem to be doing fine other than the place is now blanketed with agent orange from Dow Chemical.

    The Vietnamese and their rice fields are poisoned, the children are still being born deformed as well as the U.S. soldiers who made it out alive. A man I worked with had to retire early because he couldn't walk straight and another had a deformed child. They are still full of agent orange freedom.

    Germany wasn't free, simply under American occupation so the bankers could buy everything up again. It still is and now they are moving toward a new soviet EU nightmare. There is no freedom here.

    The fact is Panama, Grenada, Nicaragua, Japan and a host of others we have invaded for freedom don't seem to have a Patriot Act where their citizens can be picked up without notice. They might just might have more freedom than we do. Valerie tell the soldiers to look over their shoulders, freedom is slipping away back home and by all means don't become disabled as there are no benefits for them.

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  8. Interesting find at a California archaeological dig;
    A banner with the inscription; "Give peace a chance"

    Fascinating.

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  9. I managed to get one article in on Veterans today. You don't have to log in. I had one comment yesterday but after leaving a link here to Rense.com, Kenny's, Thetruthseeker and dog poet, today the entry code looks like a blotch of mustard and I can post.

    The writer Gordon Duff thinks Chuck Norris is crazy concerning the U. N. agenda 21.

    This all I wanted to post there

    Mr. Duff I am Vietnam Veteran and i generally like your articles but this one seems to be way beyond your grasp. The U. N. indeed plans to return America to a wilderness area.

    They placed it right on the Georgia Guidestone monument a world population of 500 million is ideal. The current science czar Holdren has written a book in which he outlines population reduction is Job one. He wants to put sterilization chemicals in water and vaccinations. Squalene is in the new flu vaccine that the U.N. has announced they have the authority to mandate even if it means abrogating national governments. There are on going lawsuits in N.Y. over the state mandating the vaccine which is already killing people world wide. Squalene forces the immune system to attack itself.

    It is really frightening the number of Americans who are totally unaware of Agenda 21. It is not surprising however as most Americans rely on a news media that never bothered to inform them fluoride, aspartame, thimersol mercury vaccine along with the newest tool squalene is designed to sicken and kill them.

    The reason the U. N. will succeed is due to the total lack of awareness of most Americans whose world view could be compared to an actor in hey dude where is my car.

    Chuck Norris is exactly right and this is why many veterans stay away from veteran sites because many times there is too much of a gap between the sites and actual reality.

    http://www.rense.com/general63/ree.htm

    http://farmwars.info/?p=1314

    http://tcrnews2.com/Popcontrol1.html

    There are 194 countries signed up with the U. N. to virtually do whatever they say.
    http://nord.twu.net/acl/agenda21.html

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=110720

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  10. Michael Shaw at news with views has a good overview of the sustainable development agenda 21.
    http://www.newswithviews.com/Shaw/michaelA.htm

    Chuck Norris says a lot of things I agree with but I'm not so sure about him. Sometime you know people by the company they keep. He followed Mike Huckabee around like a puppy dog during his campaign. Huckabee wants to try to be president but being a christian zionist who supports all wars Israel and praises the continued illegal settlements is not someone I feel is America 1st enough.

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  11. I did manage to get into veterans today again and leave that post. It is a pretty good place to leave information and lord knows they need it.

    Thanks for the link

    I know Chuck is in with the Hollywood crowd but he did warn Bruce Lee that they offered him a contract to kill him and sure enough they did.

    He is right on agenda 21 however but that sounded too far out for some of the veterans they call him a wingnut.

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=9147#at

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  12. Most Americans are not going to read something that long even the politicians don't read it. This is much shorter and lines it out pretty well.

    http://tcrnews2.com/Agenda21.html

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  13. Who owns them stones? kenny you got a rickety old bulldozer can't'cha just knock em down? Ticket sales alone would get'cha a new 'dozer...

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