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Mistress Marilyn's POV
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Happy Memorial Day! 
31st-May-2010 07:30 am
waterfall: nk_seashore
Just another Memorial Day in Portland, waking up to the rain.

I finally got the script done late yesterday for today's Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony. Found out they hadn't allocated a sound system, so luckily the guy who manages the choir is bringing one. And since the Senator wasn't available, *I'm* doing the 'Welcome Home' for the Vietnam vets.

It meant a lot more stress for me, trying to find the right words, trying not to offend anyone, trying to capture the emotion of the time and find reconciliation. Yes, just little ole me. Let's cross our fingers it goes well and I can get thru it!

One of the things I found while I was preparing was the POW/MIA bracelet I wore for years in the early 70s. Capt. Richard Halpin was 25 years old when he was shot down in a gunship in Laos on March 29, 1972, and in 1977--exactly 33 years ago--he was declared dead. Then in 1986 his remains were finally identified. I don't really remember when I realized he wasn't coming home and stopped wearing the bracelet, but I'm wearing it again today, remembering him and thanking him for his service and sacrifice.


Capt. Richard Halpin, US Air Force
23 July 1946-31 May 1977

Here's a shout out to all the others who are serving or served, including my Dad.

I hope my LJ friends have a good day. And whether you're American or not, it's a good day for remembrance.

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Comments 
31st-May-2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
do you remember how you first came to identify with this particular soldier? the reason you started the never forget ...??

hope you found some dry today!

love
t
1st-Jun-2010 04:08 am (UTC)
During the Vietnam War people could purchase bracelet for M.I.A.s -- and both Marilyn and I did that. You were supposed to wear the bracelet until your soldier came home. Mine survived and returned home -- but Marilyn's (as you read above) did not. Many, many people participated wearing the bracelets...

We're both so PROUD that we still have our bracelets. When Marilyn mentioned mine, I held it high so anyone who glanced my way could see it. But she wore hers -- as we did all those years ago -- in memory of a brave man who died for his country...

Yesterday we printed out photos and bios of the two men and took them to post on the memory wall in Waterfront Village. It was really moving to see all the notes people have posted there...
1st-Jun-2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
how wonderful that yours came home, and that all the years later she was able to learn hers was no longer mia

:)

love
t
1st-Jun-2010 11:30 am (UTC)
Yay, dry *and* sunny!

I just got Capt. Halpin by the 'luck of the draw,' so to speak. The bracelet came in the mail. Until Sunday, I never really knew what happened, because you didn't get any information, just the name on the bracelet. (I *LOVE* the internet!!)
1st-Jun-2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
wow, how interesting --- to have not known for ages, then to be able to find out ...

had to be a few feelings involved ..

dry AND sun, wow the gods smiled!


love
t
1st-Jun-2010 04:10 am (UTC)
You were AMAZING today!!! I was soooooo proud of you!

You wrote great material for people to say. But your own speech was PERFECT. And I know it was difficult writing about the Vietnam years...

I think we rocked it today -- and I'm very happy with how everything turned out! The cannons, bagpipes, fireboat shooting red, white and blue water, the fly-over and all of it!

Go YOU!!!
1st-Jun-2010 11:31 am (UTC)
Yay! Like I said on Facebook, not bad for a couple chicks from NoPo! I like to think Mom and Dad would be (are?) proud!
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