Thirty-five years ago the Vietnam War came to a cataclysmic end as Saigon fell to the victorious armies of the People's Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) and the Provisional Revolution Government of South Vietnam (Vietcong). That event was the capstone to many years of needless killing and mindless destruction. Human fatalities included including 3 to 4 million Vietnamese from both sides, between 1.5 to 2 million Laotians and Cambodians, and 58,159 U.S. soldiers. I spent 10 years of my life--between the ages of 15 to 25--protesting the war and hoping and dreaming that it might end some day.
The Denver Post recently published a photographic retrospective of the war that includes the most compelling images to emerge from the war. Many of the images are painfully difficult to look at, but I think we owe it to ourselves to do so. By remembering the war and its consequences, we can honor the sacrifices of the men, women, and children on all sides of that terrible conflict.