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Two Walls
JAMES GRIFFITHS served as a machine gunner and scout driver with F Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, in 1968 and ’69. When he first visited The Vietnam ...

Two Walls

Closure finally came in 1989 with events surrounding another wall. In November of that year the destruction of the wall between East and West Berlin became the ultimate symbol of the end of the Cold War. Griffiths observed:

The Berlin Wall fell with a thunderous seismic crash that hopefully rattled the very foundation of the Vietnam Veterans Wall in Washington, D.C. The Cold War was ending.

The Berlin Wall and the Vietnam Veterans Wall in Washington are inexorably linked. It is my belief that the destruction of the Berlin Wall was contributed to by the men whose names appear on the Vietnam Wall. The Vietnam War was a smaller part of the overall struggle called the Cold War and the American side prevailed in the Cold War. There is no greater symbol of the forces of democracy being victorious in that epic struggle than the destruction of the Berlin Wall.

The all-elusive closure sought by me concerning the meaning of the war has been moved forward. The ultimate sacrifice of the 58,000-plus names on the Vietnam Wall was a monumental contribution to those hundreds of millions of people that were to breathe free with the fall of Communism. Knowledge of this has brought a higher degree of closure to me concerning the meaning of the Vietnam War.

All Vietnam veterans made a significant contribution to democracy and freedom in the world. Though unpopular, the Vietnam War needed to be fought, and was an important part of that larger victory. The protests at home were disheartening to many, but no protests were ever held in the Soviet Union until its final and ultimate collapse. The veterans of Vietnam fought to preserve this right and the many other freedoms that have made our nation great and worthy of victory in this epic struggle.


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