Liberals always seem to have a huge lack of appreciation for America’s war heroes, and that is something conservatives detest about liberals and liberalism. But they will keep on trying to push their agenda, as if it’s humanity’s great hope, and they will continue treating the men and women in uniform who sacrificed their lives as castaways. As if certain wars never happened and that we never lost any American lives for the sake of our freedoms.
The Vietnam War Memorial is one monument that veterans refuse to allow the liberals to despoil.
And this precious memorial is given a weekly cleaning. But this past week, one very special guest arrived to help with the honor of cleaning the monument: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
From Independent Journal Review (IJR):
The Vietnam War Memorial is hallowed ground.
In a city of gleaming white marble monuments and pink cherry blossoms, the black, sunken facade, etched with the 58,307 names of the fallen, stands out as a haunting tribute to the sacrifice of a generation.
The memorial itself stirs emotion. When anyone, young or old, looks into the polished volcanic rock of the wall, it looks back. At it’s highest point the wall is over 10 feet tall. It envelops its visitors with names of those who lost their lives in a war which lasted nearly two decades.
It can be overwhelming to visit. For the hundreds of thousands of Vietnam veterans still alive, it is a place of eternal significance.
The wall itself is open to the public 24 hours a day 365 days a year. It is our nation’s most embraceable monument. You can touch it, rest your head against it and cry on it. No one will stop you.
Paper and pencils are even provided at the memorial to encourage guests to make a stencil of an engraved name. Due to the hands-on nature of the memorial, it is imperative that the wall remains polished and immaculate, not just for the many millions of visitors a year, but for the legacies of the fallen etched within it.
In 1998, a some veterans decided to do something about the unkempt condition past administrations had allowed the memorial to fall into.
From The Washington Post:
In 1998, dissatisfied with the job that the National Park Service was doing and upset that bird droppings had filled in some of the engraved names, Jan Scruggs of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund took action. He handed 37 toothbrushes to visiting vets from Wisconsin, who scrubbed the filth away.
And with that act, began the weekly ritual of washing down the memorial by volunteer veterans groups and others (IJR):
In order to keep the memorial in pristine condition, local veteran groups offered to help with maintenance of the hallowed ground. The Park Service agreed. Now, approximately once every weekend in peak tourist season (spring and summer), a different veteran group or community service will arrive at sunrise, long before the throngs of tourists show up, to wash the wall.
The labor is intensive but in the end, every inch of the 247-foot wall gets sprayed down, scrubbed by hand and polished.
So it was on the morning of Sunday, April 9, when Virginia and Maryland chapters of Rolling Thunder rode into the memorial before sunrise. Clad in leather motorcycle gear with a colorful array of patriotic patches sewn in, a dozen members of the iconic biker club, most of them veterans, readied for an hour of washing and scrubbing the black wall.
Today, however, they had some extra help. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke would be scrubbing alongside them.
American Conservative Herald salutes all who have sacrificed their lives for their country, for those veterans who are still living, and for those currently serving in our armed forces.
Source: Independent Journal Review