Charles Nye Buckland (top right)
Leman C. Davis
Originally intended to mark the anniversary of the ending of World War I, a day was established paying tribute to the heroes of that tragic struggle and rededicating ourselves to the cause of peace. Later, the United States was involved in other great military conflicts, which added millions of veterans living and dead to the honor rolls of this Nation. In 1926, Congress called for the observance of November 11 to be known as Armistice Day. Today, we pay homage to the veterans of all its wars who have contributed so much to the preservation of this Nation. A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
I did not get it to you in time, but my cousin Donald Rash also died in Vietnam. Michael, our youngest, and I road the train up to Washington during spring break a few years ago and we found Donald’s name and etched it as well. I have pictures somewhere. 🙂 It was a very powerful moment, as you say. His twin brother Ronald was on a hill above the battle when Donald’s group was wiped out. They are the sons of my mother’s brother Joe Rash. Thanks. WBR