Veterans and sympathizers gathered in Pocatello on Wednesday on the 20th anniversary of the fall of Saigon to read the names of Americans killed in the Vietnam War.
It’s no quick read. There are 58,263 names and those involved in the ceremony estimated the reading will last through 5 p.m. today.
Few turned out for the opening ceremonies. Don Roth of Pocatello’s Vet Center told the crowd that the sparse veteran turnout is understandable.
“This is hard to do for many of them. It’s an amazing process to be part of. It’s spiritual and sacred.”
Vietnam veteran Wes Lang was participating for the second year.
He said the recent release of a book by former secretary of defense Robert McNamara makes him angry.
He questioned the fact McNamara waited 20 years to oppose the war.