Last night, Marshall University hosted a special preview of "Vietnam: West Virginians Remember," a 1-hour documentary that will debut tomorrow at 8 on WV Public Broadcasting, as a companion piece to Ken Burns' 10-part Vietnam series (which begins Sunday). Several times I had to look away from the images on the screen, knowing that over 36,000 young men from West Virginia—most still teenagers—never had that luxury.
The panel discussion that followed provided no easy interpretation, but compelled me to consider the devastating lifelong price paid by our West Virginia dads, uncles, friends and brothers, who enlisted in greater proportions and experienced such a high per capita death rate as combat soldiers in this long and tragic military experiment.
May we never forget. Will we ever learn?
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