I have visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. numerous times, beginning thirty years ago through a 4-H Citizenship program. Whenever I visit the city, I feel compelled to return to the memorial. I am emotional each time I see it. Two years ago, serving as tour guide for my in-laws, I returned again. A flight surgeon during the Tet Offensive, this was my father-in-law’s first visit to the memorial. A silent question filled our hearts and minds with sorrow: How many death certificates for these young men bore his signature?
No words will adequately capture the emotional impact of that day, only a photograph.