Barney Barnum – Reflections of War

Barney Barnum – Reflections of War


BARNUM: No one likes war. People who despise war more than anybody
is those of us who’ve been there. [FOOTSTEPS] Initially, I found it very hard to go to the wall. As you look at this wall, their names… it brings home the magnitude of
what we were involved in. It makes you realize the sacrifices that our
young warriors made in Vietnam. The hard part is looking up and seeing
his name and seeing my reflection, and why am I alive
standing here reading his name, and he’s not up, standing here reading my name. He gave his all — leading his Marines
on the field of battle. Those of us who have
seen battle; you understand people more and what it takes to overcome fear, to
demonstrate courage, and what these words mean. Yeah, we had an impact on history. So
now is the time to remind us of who we are and what we accomplished. On the 29th, I think it’s a chance for Vietnam Vets to re-evaluate who we are,
what we are, what we accomplished, and be proud of it. Be proud that you served. Be grateful that you had the opportunity. And for God’s sake,
don’t be afraid to talk about it. Tell people what you did over there, tell people what you saw. I mean, being a Vet is an honor… it really is. Let’s remains strong.
Shoulder to shoulder. Focused. Thankful… to be American.

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