Sam honoring the Vietnam Veterans of America

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Nothing new from my daughter’s in Bethesda today.  Ali called us last night and told us that Sam’s heart rate went up to 200 yesterday but the doctors were able to get it back down to normal without any further complication.

I wanted to talk a little about the first picture in this blog of Sam in uniform surrounded by the roses and the one I’ve added today.  The pictures were taken at the Vietnam Veteran’s memorial in downtown Sacramento in, I believe May of 2005.  The event was the “Reading of the Names” in which the names of all California veterans killed in the Vietnam conflict are read out loud.  In this picture, Sam is standing by my wife who is a volunteer for “Bugles Across America.org” which is a group of volunteers who play taps at the grave sites and funerals for our veterans.   When my wife told Sam she was playing taps for this event, he wanted to go to help honor those men who gave their lives for their country in a previous war.  He not only wanted to go, but he wanted to go in his uniform so that he would honor the Marines properly.  I remember most of the Vietnam veterans came up to Sam and shook his hand and thanked him for his service to our country.  It was very touching seeing many very rough looking men who rode in on Harley Davidson motorcycles hugging Sam and wiping tears from their eyes.

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5 Responses to Sam honoring the Vietnam Veterans of America

  1. Tony, thank you for sharing this story of Sam. It says alot about him that he would attend the ‘Reading of Names’ AND in uniform. As someone who has participated in the ‘Reading of Names’ and ‘Missing Man’ commemoration, I will never look on this already moving ceremony the same way as I have in the past. God bless Sam.

  2. Danni says:

    Tony, I am sure that Sam feels how important a part he is in your life. I will continue to pray for him and your family during this trying time.

  3. Julie Neria says:

    Sammy, we need you with us, so open those beautiful blue eyes. We are praying for you to wake up soon. Erin needs you, and you are so beautiful together. We know God is hearing our prayers and that we need a miracle.

  4. Yo!

    I met Sgt Sam at the Reading of Names at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sacramento during the May 2005 ceremonies. It was a proud moment seeing him standing there in his uniform. I have participated in the ceremony laying wreaths representing the 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning) and 27th Infantry Regment Wolfhounds. I have for the past few years on the program paid Tribute to the Soldiers in Iraq and Afganistan which will have extra added meaning for me in the future.

    Whether Julia is there playing Taps or not I will forever picture you standing in the International Rose Garden or some other secluced spot at other events.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers!

    Take care
    Easy!!!!!
    A 1/27 2nd Platoon
    Vietnam, 1967

  5. […] Sam honoring the Vietnam Veterans of AmericaI remember most of the Vietnam veterans came up to Sam and shook his hand and thanked him for his service to our country. It was very touching seeing many very rough looking men who rode in on Harley Davidson motorcyles hugging Sam and … […]

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