Remembering Vietnam

Monday, June 19, 2017

This past weekend, people of all ages in the area paid tribute to all veterans, especially those servicing during the Vietnam era and even more especially, those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War.

There are more than 58,000 names on the Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. A half-size moving replica of the wall was set up at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds.

The Vietnam War resulted in more American deaths than any other war since World War II. It was the last war in which our country implemented drafted young men into the armed services.

Nearly 40,000 of the names on the wall are of soldiers who were 22 years of age or younger when they died, with the largest age group (over 33,000) being 18 years old.

The first fatality of the war was on June 8, 1956 and the last was April 29, 1975.

The recent activities in Cherokee are a fitting tribute.