You probably did not know we were in VietNam in 1955.
On June 8th, 1956, the first American death in VietNam occurred. The victim was a Mr. Fitzgibbon, of Massachusetts. I was five years old.
The last death in VietNam occurred in May of 1975. For nineteen years we were dying over there.
Eventually we declared war and before it was over, some 58 thousand people had died.
Over fifty-eight thousand times, a family mourned; some families more than once.
Mourning includes sorrow for the life that is lost, the things the deceased will miss in being gone , and the future that will be empty.
It takes a lot of stone even to list that many names.
It would take about 1000 times as much stone to list all the Americans killed in the womb.
Except most of them did not even get names.
Most were not mourned by their families.
Most of them missed every, every, everything. They missed it all.
And the future is empty. Really empty.