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Thirty years ago today

This beautiful icon was made by cannons_fan for the TV show Lost.  It seemed appropriate for today's post.

I know there are people on my flist who weren't even born in 1975, or who were too young to know what was happening in the world then.  For those of us of a certain age, however (particularly if you're American or French), does "Saigon" ring a bell?  Thirty years ago today the city fell, and the last American troops were evacuated by helicopter from the grounds of the American Embassy.  Remember the photos?

Vietnam was my generation's war, and to me, America's conflicts since then have seemed trivial in comparison.  Perhaps it's just the fact that I came of age during that conflict; that I was at university when the protests were going on; that I knew boys who were drafted and went to fight and ... sometimes ... didn't come home again.  Perhaps it's the fact that I remember the lies the politicians told us about Cambodia, and the horror that was born there and that we later learned to call the killing fields.

I'll be watching movies this weekend -- Apocalypse Now, The Deer Hunter, Full Metal Jacket, The Killing Fields -- as many of them as I can bear -- and I'll be remembering.

Comments

desert_rifka
Apr. 29th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
I too was in that time period already married 5 years, hubby had served outside of Da Nang. Not a happy time period for the country and as usual we never learn from our mistakes.

There are vivid pictures in my head that never leave... I've seen all the movies you mentioned, hubby almost knows Apocalyse Now by heart, I found the Deer Hunter very difficult to watch the first time.

In my senior year in high school, '68, there were announcements over the loudspeaker regarding which of our former classmates had died in Nam. If you didn't live through that time period there's no real way to explain it to anybody. Just think of all the horrors in '68 alone. Do they even teach about this in schools?
aswanargent
May. 2nd, 2005 09:44 am (UTC)
Do they even teach about this in schools?

I don't have children (or nieces and nephews), so I have no idea. If they do, I'll bet it's glossed over as briefly as possible. It's hard to bend the facts to make us come out the winners (or to even make us look good), and we wouldn't want kids to start thinking the country and it's leaders could possibly be fallible, now, would we?

I completely agree with you; if you didn't live through it, there's no way I can explain it. And if you did live through it, no explanations are necessary.
desert_rifka
May. 2nd, 2005 11:05 am (UTC)
Not to be sarcastic or unfeeling... we did get some mighty fine music.