I literally stumbled upon this service honoring those Long Islanders killed in action during the war.
I go to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on 83 by Bald Hill every time I want to be still, reflective, grateful and get in touch with my higher power. Usually there is very few or no people there. Yesterday was different as I came upon the site at about 4:50 in the afternoon with no place to park. I finally found a place to stick the bike and trekked up the hill.
As I arrived at the top I saw a color guard preparing and a bunch of people including members of different factions of our military and a contingent of Patriot Guards who are a group of riders that do wonderful things for our vets and currently serving personnel.
After meeting with several members all Veterans I decided to stay and observe. I’m so glad I did.
It started with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by veterans, gold star moms and others reading all the names of Long Islanders who were killed in action followed by individuals who made remembrance announcement of names who served. I even got to announce my grandpa.
After the names the play Taps. Followed by some thank you and acknowledgments. Then everyone locks arms and/or holds hands and they play Billy Joel’s “Goodnight Saigon” I was holding hands with 20 year Navy commander and my girl on the other surrounded by such love and respect with a hint of sadness.
I was so emotionally moved by the entire thing I told them I was going to share it. This needs a light shined on it and I’m going to do it. They said thank you. I’m also going to find them a better PA. Who’s willing to help?