• Mom

    Pearl Harbor Day Repurposed

    December 7th of 2013 I was privileged to bear witness to a significant and singular event. More about that in a minute. This has always been an important date in my family’s history. Pearl Harbor happened on my mother‘s 22nd birthday, throwing our country into war once again, a war in which both my father […]

  • Nevada City, CA

    Two Small Communities…15 Memorials

    Northern California is home to two small but vigorous communities that have chosen to go the extra mile or two in memorializing their boys who did not make it back from Vietnam

  • Oregon State Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    A Perfect Arc

    For the last several days I’ve been visiting a friend in the Portland, OR area. Not just a friend… but one of my best friends from all the way back to High School “Daze!”

  • Port Townsend, WA

    Another Country Heard From…

    While visiting a cousin I hadn’t seen in more than 30 years last week, I was invited to speak to a group of American Legionnaires in Port Angeles, Washington.

  • Salt Lake City, Spectacular Statue

    One Spectacular Statue

    Last December (2012) I went through the state of Utah and visited all nine memorials on my list between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

  • Salt lake City 5

    My Hiatus is Over

    I’m getting back on the road bright and early tomorrow morning, leaving Denver for Salt lake City…

  • My Trusty Steed

    Big Lesson Learned

    Five months of living out of a suitcase (or two or three) can change you in some very basic ways.

  • Glenn McCarty Marker VW

    Last Add Rochester…I Promise

    As you already know I was completely overwhelmed by my visit to the memorial in Rochester, NY. There were a number of reasons…

  • Rochester, New York

    How Do You Value Something That…

    is possibly tainted by a very human flaw? Since yesterday, when I posted the poem Hello David written by “Dusty,” I heard a strident voice from one of my followers

  • Rochester, New York 3

    Something Broke Inside Me

    It happened on the best of days. Bright, sunny and clear…cool… It took three and a half months…102 days…to come face to face with the experience I had been expecting from the start.

  • Bangor, Maine

    Turning the Corner

    The second major shift of this journey comes today on day 97. After five weeks of generally eastward movement (sorta like an EKG printout) I reached the Atlantic ocean and turned north.

  • Sharon, Vermont

    25% Complete

    It is a good feeling knowing I’ve made substantial progress on this tour. I am in week 13 as I write this and, knowing I have a couple of breaks coming, I am not a little more than a quarter of the way through.

  • Belmont New York

    The Other New York

    Today is my last day in New York State for a while. Tomorrow I venture in to Connecticut and start moseying into New England

  • Manhattan, NY 1

    My Kinda Town?? Maybe Not

    New York has been a major eye-opening experience for me on a number of levels. Lesson one was just trying to get into the city. After leaving a very gracious couple in Maple Shade, NJ (thank you very much for everything Ron and Carol) and heading north I got close to the city without incident. […]

  • Pittsburgh, PA 2

    And Gratitude Toward All…

    Seems like I’ve been telling people I meet lately how blessed I’ve been on this trip and it occurred to me that I’m probably not telling it to the right sets of ears. So here is a big thank you to all who have supported me over the last nine weeks:

  • Wildwood, NJ 2

    Celebrating a Lifetime of Service

    After escaping the gridlock of Washington DC (and I don’t mean only Congress) I made it over hill and dale to Delaware, and had an anxious moment when I nearly missed the exit, ba-dum-dum.

  • Washington D.C. 3

    Starting Week 7 in the Nation’s Capitol

    Had a great day today, the start of Week 7. I’ve also had time to reflect, over the last couple days, on my good fortune to date:

  • Anchors Aweigh

    Week 6…a little ahead, a little back

    Hard to believe I am now more than 10% of the way through this journey, at least physically. Emotionally I’m somewhere else on the track and unsure of which direction that train is headed.

  • VVMT Illinois Official Song

    Just Another Great Day on the Road

    Reviewing each day on the road is like rummaging through a newspaper each morning. A newspaper has a certain familiarity about it…same stuff in the same places, easy to navigate, but different content each time you pick it up.

  • Springfield, Illinois

    Illinois in my Rear View Mirror at last…

    Well, it wasn’t all bad…OK some of it was pretty good…All right, it was a wonderful state to visit…now if they could only get rid of that Chicago place…But seriously, there were some huge pluses in Illinois.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Tour

A US Tour Visiting All 810 Vietnam Veteran Memorials

We Were Soldiers Join me along the way as we honor service and comradeship, remember pain and hardship, mourn the loss of friend and family alike. Reflect on the most intense period of our lives with fellow survivors, appreciate the lessons learned and the tools we came back with to create our lives anew.

Celebrate with me the achievements of those who chose to remember the past while living the present. Honor together those who harnessed their emotions and creativity to produce a legacy for us all in the form of these memorials…these tributes to them, to us, to all we hold dear and all we have become.

 ” The mission of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Tour is to visit every Vietnam Specific memorial in the United States, offering spiritual and emotional  support along the way, while raising funds for Veteran causes and resources for those veterans most in need.” 

~ Bruce Campbell, VVMT Mission Leader

Mom

Pearl Harbor Day Repurposed

December 7th of 2013 I was privileged to bear witness to a significant and singular event. More about that in a minute. This has always been an important date in my family’s history. Pearl Harbor happened on my mother‘s 22nd birthday, throwing our country into war once again, a war in which both my father […]

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Nevada City, CA

Two Small Communities…15 Memorials

Northern California is home to two small but vigorous communities that have chosen to go the extra mile or two in memorializing their boys who did not make it back from Vietnam

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Oregon State Vietnam Veterans Memorial

A Perfect Arc

For the last several days I’ve been visiting a friend in the Portland, OR area. Not just a friend… but one of my best friends from all the way back to High School “Daze!”

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Port Townsend, WA

Another Country Heard From…

While visiting a cousin I hadn’t seen in more than 30 years last week, I was invited to speak to a group of American Legionnaires in Port Angeles, Washington.

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Salt Lake City, Spectacular Statue

One Spectacular Statue

Last December (2012) I went through the state of Utah and visited all nine memorials on my list between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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Salt lake City 5

My Hiatus is Over

I’m getting back on the road bright and early tomorrow morning, leaving Denver for Salt lake City…

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