Vietnam veteran visits memorial wall in Washington DC

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Seeing the nearly 60,000 names on the Vietnam Memorial Wall, names of those who didn't make it home, is emotional. 

Taking the walk with a Vietnam veteran makes it overwhelming.

"Oh it's kind of choking, you know," Sam Borrell said.

Borrell came to Washington D.C. as part of the Honor Flight program, an organization geared towards honoring World War II veterans by taking them to visit the monument in D.C. dedicated to their service.

Borrell came to help his father-in-law, but along the way he stopped at the memorial.

"I was in the Vietnam War.  I spent two years in Thailand.  I was in the Air Force, a crew chief on fighter planes.  You know, you spent your time there, you know what happened and then you come down here and see this.  It just brings up that this is people of your generation that did the same thing," he siad.

It's a reminder what Memorial Day is really all about.

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