At Vietnam Memorial, reflections on a special moment Retired Rockdale ISD teacher/administrator Geri Burnett, accompanied by husband Bob and friend Peggy Cooke, conducts a rubbing of the name of her brother, Paul Houston Gray, who was a U.S. Marine machine gunner who had been in Vietnam only two months when he was killed by an enemy sniper in February of 1967, just a month before his 19th birthday. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated Nov. 13, 1982. President Ronald Reagan accepted the completed memorial on behalf of the nation. “I have wanted to come to this memorial since it was completed,” Mrs. Burnett said, “and this visit has meant so much.” Rubbings are taken of the names by loved ones and family and friends leave tokens of remembrance at the memorial daily. The black granite walls contain 58,256 names, inscribed in chronological order of the date of casualty. In essence, the names are the memorial. 034p5.jpg
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