Today our local paper’s feature story is about Hal Kushner, a U.S. Army veteran and the keynote speaker for this afternoon’s Memorial Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Kushner known from “The Vietnam War,” a ten-part documentary series aired last September is 77 years old, still works as Ophthalmologist, and was a five-year POW. I was pleased to see the News-Journal coverage of his story and several articles sharing other veteran’s stories.
Reminiscing, Earl Tingle Jr. said ‘I wanted to go,’ ‘I feel a sense of tragedy’ Dr. Frank Farmer explained and Neal Coates expressed gratitude saying, ‘I was blessed to come back.’
Each tell poignant stories, however the caption, ‘This one will be different’ above Hal Kushner front-page picture struck a chord. He was referencing today’s ceremony and intrigued as to why his experience would be different continued reading.
Kushner says speaking has taken on a “personal difficulty” and he thinks as we age have less control over our emotions and are more emotional.
I cannot help thinking he is a lucky man and wish I was attending the ceremony.
. . . . Seriously just saying