They Came, They Saw, They Remembered
By, Dennis Money
A poem to honor the dedication of the Greater Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial
They came from all walks of life, from near and far.
The old and the not so old.
Mothers and Fathers, brothers and sisters, friends and old lovers.
They came in Class A uniforms, suits and jeans, on foot, in cars and on cycles.
They came knowing, that today, was the day for which they had waited for so long.
They saw old friends, rekindled old memories and fought back emotions.
They saw the fruits from the efforts of a dedicated group of individuals reflected in the polished granite,
stainless steel and bronze of the memorial.
They saw the Wall of Reflection, the Timeline, the Walk of Honor and so much more.
The saw and bonded with the people who came to honor the fallen.
They remembered the day he left home.
They remembered the day he died.
They remembered with a tear on their cheek and a numbness in their heart.
They came, they saw, and they remembered.
Now it was time, however, "to commemorate, to educate, and to heal."