These are the names that are listed on the Vietnam Memorial of the men from my hometown of Linden, NJ who died in that war.
I grew up with George Farawell. We played baseball together from Little League through high school. George had a great sense of humor and was a very good ballplayer.
Eddie West sat next to me in study hall at Linden High School. He was a good guy who looked forward to joining the Marines.
Otto Ostenfelt was from my neighborhood. He found his niche in the Marines and was going to make it a career.
Pete Scott was the older brother of one of my best friends. He introduced us to the music of Bob Dylan and Bo Diddley before he enlisted in the Air Force.
Memorial Day is a special day in which we honor the fallen, those who died in the service of our country. All of these men had dreams and goals that were never fulfilled. It is for us, the living, to pause on this day and remember their sacrifice, and to silently thank them for every day we live in freedom.
They will not be forgotten.