War memorial: Grateful for shrine in honor of veterans,

I went walking on the path at Les Gove Park last week for the first time since the new American-Vietnamese War Memorial was put there.

It took my breath away and created great joy in me the moment I saw the flag of the Republic of Vietnam flying boldly in my hometown.

That flag is the symbol of the people and country our military went to support during the war, and it no longer flies in Vietnam because of the communist takeover.

It is amazing to me that as a 26-year-old Army nurse serving at the 12th Evacuation Hospital in Cu Chi, on the edge of the “Iron Triangle,” where all the fighting was in 1967, that I would become so emotionally invested in the Vietnamese people and that powerful symbol of their flag. I have the people and the country of Vietnam in my heart.

I went back there in 1996 to plant peace trees and had an opportunity to visit Cu Chi. I went to the little church I remembered and was surprised to see a small replica of the flag painted on some wood near the church. I even took a picture of it since it had such meaning for me. Now I have the real thing close to home and can see it anytime I wish.

My walk in the park coincided with a phone call from the chief of surgery of the 12th Evacuation Hospital only days before. He is writing a book about that hospital, and I am flying to Idaho to see a nurse that I served with at that same hospital in 1967.

I am grateful to all from our community who supported this memorial in any way and the mayor and City Council for putting it at Les Gove Park for all to see.

Sarah L. Blum, ARNP, nurse psychotherapist, nurse Vietnam veteran

More in Letters to the Editor

I-1631? Just another government money grab

I thought the Reporter did a decent job of breaking down the… Continue reading

Where are our leaders?

Our nation and the world cannot understand what is happening to the… Continue reading

Thanks to Gilbert and all that he does for others

Thank you for doing a story on the very deserving Curt Gilbert… Continue reading

I-1639 is a bad law that attacks our rights

If you value your civil rights, then please vote no on I-1639.… Continue reading

I-1631 Opponents do not care about you or your family

In the Auburn Reporter, Don Brunell wrote a piece, “Carbon fee hurts… Continue reading

Fain works, solves many of our problems

Please join me in supporting Joe Fain in the upcoming Senate election.… Continue reading

Fain has done so much for our community

Sen. Joe Fain has been and continues to be an active member… Continue reading

Support I-1631 for a healthier climate, brighter future

The article, “Report reveals inequities of climate change in Washington” on Oct.… Continue reading

‘Big One’ poses hazardous problem with propane

Thursday, Oct. 18, was the Great Washington Shakeout earthquake drill. Sunday night,… Continue reading

Mayor needs to rescind her endorsement of Sen. Fain

In the Seattle Times, Mayor Nancy Backus wrote that she is a… Continue reading

Guilty until proven innocent

Under the shadow of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s case, I am a survivor… Continue reading

We believe in Sen. Fain

In this day of instant communication with social media at our finger… Continue reading