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Months ago, I was asked to help escort the Traveling Vietnam Wall, along with the Gold Dog Tag Tribute for Iraq and Afghanistan , WWII, Korea, Cold War, Police, Firefighter, 9/11 and more.
It was my honor to do so. Don't want this post to mis-represent anything. I did not go to Vietnam. I was asked by many to help escort them. Being I've been so close to many that has served over there, and having work beside them in many fields of life. And loosing many friends and family there, the honor was felt deep in my heart.
Yesterday, we escorted about 60 miles from inside Louisiana all the way over to Natchez, Mississippi. We had a Huey Gunship helicopter running above us during the escort. He, (the gunship), stayed right there the whole time. Can not describe the feeling of pride and honor.
There were many, many Gold Wings, but I took my blue VTX cruiser motorcycle on this ride. Running number 13, we were running the motorcycles in pairs, side by side. When I would look back in my mirrors, as far as the Lord would let me see, I could see Vietnam vets, on their bikes, for miles and miles behind me. Oh, what a site to see my friends. It will bring tears to your eyes to see so much patriotism in these men.
This is a 360 foot replica of the memorial Vietnam Memorial wall. Every town we drove threw. We had people from all walks of life waving flags, whooping, hollering, showing support. The Sheriff's Offices, and Police, Ambulances, Fire Engines, all had sirens going on while we went threw.
One sighting I seen, was a elderly gentleman. Who happened to be standing by his truck and tractor, on the edge of a cotton field. He came from around his tractor, climbed into the back of his truck. Stood up on his tailgate, and saluted as the Memorial can by. I could tell, he was a true soldier from years ago. People, that will get to your heart !!!
I remember well when they came home. I remember well how many did not. And to see others, that served in other wars. What they have lost. Just breaks me down.
For anything or anybody to show dis-respect to these men, throws me into a rage. I love them for who they are and what they have done to keep us living in the home of the free and the brave.

Upon traveling threw my little town, I looked over, and seen my boys, they were in one of their trucks. And up in front of it, they have put up a USA flag and a POW / MIA flag showing their patriotic support, which made their father feel so really proud. And that proved, without a doubt, that when he was teaching them during their up-bringing. They were listening to every word I said >>>>>
I am proud to be a American.
GOD BLESS AMERICA !!!!!
 

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I got to see the Traveling Vietnam Wall at the fairground in my hometown a few years ago. I attended the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC in 1982. That was a very emotional day for a lot of us. I lost several buddies and it's tough to see their names on The Wall.
 

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We can not let people forget what sacrifices were made to keep our country free.
That you for the reminder.
 

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Let us not ever forget.
 

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The brotherhood, the bravery, the bond, of these brave men who have done their duty over there, and there is not any words that can describe what I have seen in these men.
The honor was felt deep in my heart. Can't describe the feeling I have helping these men. Working beside, eating, laughing, and sharing ideas of life. Doing all I can, to say, in my way, Thanks for all you have done for my country.
Give A Vet a Big Hug, Don't be surprised, for you will get a big hug right back. For they are the most caring people on planet earth !!!!
GOD BLESS OUR VETS !!!!
 

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Last weekend the Traveling Wall was in Stuart, FL.
My Wife and her group were asked to sing at the dedication.
My wife puts on a show every year called Celebration, it is A Tribute To Men & Women In Uniform. It is the last weekend in June, to be near but not disturbing the 4th of July festivities.
Her Group was proud to be asked to sing and be able to show Tribute to the Vets.
Rusty
 

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We had the Traveling Wall come to our area a few years ago, I also have a couple of good friends that have their names on that wall, it sure tugs at your heart strings seeing their names. Even after 40 years I can still see their faces and hear their laughs the only this is, I have aged but they haven't, I still see them as young men.
 

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Last weekend the Traveling Wall was in Stuart, FL.
My Wife and her group were asked to sing at the dedication.
Rusty,
Your a very lucky man to have a wife that can do all that.
Knowing in my heart, you are smiling with happiness to have a person of that caliber as your mate.
I tip my hat to both of you & her group !!!!

......... jamie
 

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Wish I could have been there to see this. A big thank you to all veterans for your service.
 

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Thank you men for your service and your sacrifice. It is an honor to hear of your contribution to this country and more importantly to your fellow soldiers.

I work at a VA here in Oregon. Veterans day can be a difficult day for many veterans. A time to remember, a time to honor and unfortunately a time to open old wounds.
 
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