Never forget the ones who didn't come home.
On Veteran's Day remember all the veterans of all the wars in the history of our country, living and dead. For me, Veteran's Day is the day I always remember Tommy. He didn't come back.
I grew up in the sixties, so Viet Nam was a pervasive part of my life. I was developing breasts, learning to dance and do algebra, and somewhere on the other side of the world, a war was raging.
During that time I developed my first crush, experienced my first kiss and got my period. Tommy was the recipient of my first crush, he was the first boy to hold my hand and he gave me my first kiss.
Here we are in our last yearbook.
I was eleven years old and Tommy was twelve when I “fell in love” with him. He was my brother’s best friend and for a long time I might as well have been invisible. I was fifteen when Tommy gave me my first kiss. We were both basketball players and we were on the bus going to a game one Friday night. The boys and girls had to sit on opposite sides of the bus but Tommy always managed to sit across the aisle from me near the back of the bus. He’d hold my hand across the aisle when the coach wasn’t looking and one night he leaned over and kissed me. Now a war was raging inside my teen-age heart!
He was the first of my friends to be drafted and the first to die in Viet Nam. Tommy died a hero but it didn’t change a thing. The war in Viet Nam continued and more young people went and died and other wars just seem to keep following...one right after the other.
You can learn all about Tommy by checking on the Viet Virtual Wall. He was from McMinnville, Tennessee and his name was Tommy Young.
I touch his name on the wall every time I go to DC and I never pass a Veteran’s Day without thinking about Tommy. This is the rubbing I made the first time I located his name on the wall.
Don’t ever forget.
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