Panhandle veterans tour continues of national memorials

As we near Veterans day this weekend, we're taking another opportunity to show you some of the memorials that Panhandle area veterans recently visited in Washington, D.C..

Now, we'll wrap up our look at the monuments with the Marines memorial and the Vietnam wall.

Commonly called the Iwo Jima memorial because it depicts the raising of the U.S. flag on that Japanese held island, this memorial is actually dedicated to the u-s marines who have died serving this country since 1775. The 32-foot high sculpture recreates the flag raising as the last territory the u-s recaptured during the way. the base is made of granite and with names and dates of every principal member of the corps.

Ben Thompson was a Marine sergeant...and said to this day, he still considers himself a part of that branch of the service.

"Someone asked me if i was a Marine and I said yes. and they asked if I was in the service and I said no, but that's the way they think, that's the way they're taught to think, I think. only a Marine," said Thompson.

This memorial is close to Arlington National cemetery, just across the Potomac. a larger than life tribute to one of the most noted battles in World War II.

Back toward the mall and in the shadow of the Washington Momentum, stands the Vietnam Wall. The wall is actually almost 500 foot of black granite panels, with nearly 60-thousand names... each followed by a diamond or a cross designating killed or missing. people are encouraged to do a rubbing of remembered names, with the letters reflected back on people's arms.

The most unpopular war ever, returning vets were not always treated with respect. for panhandle veteran Larry Baggett, who was a corpsman in 'Nam---he was just doing his job and is proud this memorial now stands to those who served.

"It's different than he first time I visited. today, now, i think it's what it's supposed to be," said Baggett.

While we were there, Jan Scruggs , who conceived the idea for this memorial showed up. He said this wall is unique that all casualties of war are inscribed here, including 8 women who died in the conflict, and he thought listing names in this fashion was a fitting tribute.

"And this is where you can see your finder and get on. getting on with that is a process and i think that's what the wall does," said Scruggs.

Reflections take on two meanings here. Not only are all visitors reflecting on their feelings, but here, maybe more than any other memorial are reflections from the viewers the most obvious...whether it's seeing someone's image as they're offered unrequited help from a passerby or staring past the thousands of names to see yourself.