Sunday, October 30, 2011

Veterans' Legacy

We made it to the Friday night dinner at the National Press Club with the Wounded Warrior foundation. Chang and Thung accompanied us. Seth felt confident enough to leave his wheelchair at home. We rode with the group on the bus into town--it was a beautiful drive into D.C. We passed more colonial mansions than I can count and several embassies as well. It was nice to be able to relax and see the city.

Seth speaks truth to power
The dinner was a lovely affair, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). It was also attended by a Colonel from the Canadian Army and his entourage. They came bearing gifts: a mug, a coaster of Canadian marble, maple leaf maple cookies and a new DVD about the War of 1812, the last time the U.S. and the Canadians were enemies. Seth also won a very nice door prize, which I won't reveal because we are not above re-gifting.

Jim Mayer, also known as the Milkshake Man, in his acknowledgment of the sponsors, new and special guests and other announcements, pointed out that most of the programs for the wounded warriors were created and are supported by Vietnam veterans who don't want any generation of vets to be forgotten. He encouraged this generation of vets to pass on the good work these Vietnam vets have begun. We have been very aware of the service provided to us by veterans--Vietnam and others, and we are very grateful that they have been able to turn their often horrific experiences into something good, powerful and lasting.

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