“Celebrating” the Anniversary of the Vietnam War

Sailing on the Sound original watercolor painting by Steve Henderson

It would be nice to walk, or sail, away from the unpleasant things of life, but sometimes they follow us. Sailing on the Sound, original watercolor by Steve Henderson, sold.

Anniversaries are supposed to be celebratory things, generally of weddings, when a couple starts a whole new life together. How odd that we use the same word, “anniversary,” to acknowledge — surely not celebrate? — the unwanted introduction of the Vietnam War into all of our lives.

I was two years old when Lyndon B. Johnson sanctioned the forcible sending of young men into a conflict that, according to my U.S. History teacher years later, “was never intended to be won.” I was 13 when the debacle officially ended.

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Only it didn’t end, because those soldiers who came back returned to a life that their mothers never envisioned when their sons were born. How many of us have seen men with alcohol, drug, and lifestyle problems and said,

“Oh, yeah. He was in the Vietnam War. He’s never been the same since”?

I know. War, and especially the Vietnam War, is not a popular subject. But as Christians we live in a world where war is imposed upon us, and we might want to develop an opinion about it. Please read the rest at Will We Ever Say Good-bye to the Legacy of the Vietnam War? at my Commonsense Christianity blog.

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Carolyn Henderson is the marketing manager of Steve Henderson Fine Art. She writes about life, art, and the art of life.
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1 Response to “Celebrating” the Anniversary of the Vietnam War

  1. Jill says:

    I hadn’t considered it before but it is odd to mark such a dark time with a term like anniversary.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

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