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Hats off to veterans

| Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, 8:57 p.m.

I recently had the privilege of visiting the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. After pondering the names of hundreds of servicemen and women from my state who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, I ran my fingers across the name of a young man who died in his youth, while I have had the privilege to live a full life so far.

Affected by what I had seen, I turned to some veterans seated behind a table. Roy, an ex-Navy man, asked me how I was. I said, “I'm having a good day.” I wanted to go on to say, “because of the men whose names are on the wall behind me,” but I was a bit too emotional to finish.

Roy told me that he has traveled with the wall for about five years, and in all that time he had not seen even 50 men remove their hats when they visited.

How sad that hundreds of men gave their lives for us and tens of thousands of American men failed to even honor them enough to take off their hats.

Dan Manka

Fairmont, W.Va.

The writer is a former resident of Regent Square.

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