Jay Bookman

Opinion columnist and blogger with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in foreign relations, environmental and technology-related issues

A Memorial Day reminder

Fifty years ago, the Vietnam War raged both in Vietnam and here at home. As a military brat just beginning to sense the passions sweeping through the adult world, I didn't know what to make of what we saw each night on the evening news.

I saw how intently my parents followed the news of the war. And I was old enough to recognize that some of the men on TV and in newspaper photos wore the same uniform as my dad, and that once in a while Mom and Dad would be shaken by news that someone they knew or had served with, someone with a family like ours, had been reported killed in action or missing in action.

A lot of things have changed since then, and I understand some of it a lot better. Some of it I don't.

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Jay Bookman writes about government and politics, with an occasional foray into other aspects of life as time, space and opportunity allow.