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Today was the final day of the reunion of the Brotherhood of DakTo Defenders. Tonight there was a banquet with a fantastic meal, recognitions, and a speaker.

The speaker tonight was Diane Carlson Evans, a nurse during Vietnam. She actually was stationed at Pleiku Vietnam from January 1969 to August 1969. Many of the injured at Dakto (and other places) were medivacted to Pleiku within 15 minutes of injury. The job of an Army nurse is indescribeable. She spoke with passion and emotion of the duties and attachment to the injured. In the mid-80's she felt led to begin the fight for a memorial to the nurses that served during the Vietnam era.

It took ten long years of campaining and fighting for the memorial to be built. There was opposition (why?) from male servicemen that had to be overcome. The bronze statue can now been seen on the grounds of the Vietnam Wall.

The healing that takes place at this reunion is powerful and emotional. Even 42 long years later there are scars and wounds and feelings that has to be addressed.

We will leave Seattle in the morning, going south to visit with family at Clatskanie, Oregon. We will be there until Tuesday morning and then "on the road again."

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