|Michigan's Vietnam Veteran's Memorial is tucked between behind the Michigan Historical Museum and Michigan's Hall-of-Justice. Like so much of the Vietnam conflict, it is hidden as if to make it easy to forget.
|The actual monument is magnificent. The wall with the names of those lost in Vietnam is suspended through most of its arc. It immediately called to mind a page half turned...and then interrupted.
|The names are broken down by county.
|Ingham county. I recognized names from both: Farhat, Klco, Hanna, Beatty. I went to high school with brothers and sisters by those names.
|A book with pages of stainless steel and ink of laser etching. If you served with a buddy who didn't make it, and you didn't know what county he was from, you can look him up. It is sobering to turn the pages.
|Off to the side is a stone for those who were wounded, either in flesh or in spirit.
| The back of the monument has a very brief history of the conflict.