While visiting our grandkids Labor Day weekend in Lexington, KY., we visited Veterans’ Park. While the kids were playing, I wandered over to a monument in the shape of Vietnam. It listed names of service members killed. There was a guy with a middle name, “Zeke,” I believe a Marine. We were born less than 60 days apart. He died in 1970, so this is the 50th anniversary of his death.

Later that day, we drove down I-75 in Tennessee and crossed a bridge with an American flag and a sign, “Mitchell Stout Medal of Honor Bridge”. My wife Googled him. We were born less than 60 days apart, and this is the 50th anniversary of his death in 1970.

The last 50 years include career, marriage, kids, grandkids, and Zeke and Stout didn’t get to do those things. Who was President when Zeke and Stout died? Richard Nixon, who history shows, knew that the US had no chance of winning in Vietnam, yet he continued to send troops, and he had difficulty telling the truth. Does the character of our president matter? Ask Zeke and Stout.

Daniel F. Kirk




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