Captain John Eddy Christiansen, served in the USAR 1964-1968
and as a Fixed Wing Pilot, Republic of Vietnam 1966-1967
221 Aviation Company, and returned safely to the United States.
Fifty years later, John viewing the Moving Wall, May 2017, at the University of New Hampshire, Durham
The Moving Wall is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and has been touring the country since 1984. The Wall displays 58,315 names of those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.
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THANKS TO JOHN FOR HIS SERVICE AND PTL FOR HIS SAFE RETURN FOLLOWING VIETNAM WAR. WAS PRIVILEGED TO SEE THE WALL IN D.C. YEARS AGO WITH GLEN (A VET ALSO) AND I CAN TELL YOU IT’S AN IMPRESSIVE AND SOBERING SIGHT AS I’M SURE THIS SMALLER VERSION IS AS WELL. TODAY IS A DAY FOR REFLECTION OOF THE HIGH COST OF FREEDOM AND OF DEEP GRATITUDE FOR ALL THOSE WHO SERVED AND SACRIFICED SO WE CAN ENJOY THAT FREEDOM.
Thank you, Sandy. We have a great heritage of courage.
I think we have a classmate from WHS 58 on the wall, Kevin Duffy.
Thank you, Wally, I will tell John. He has said he didn’t know what became of Kevin.
Thank you John for your service. Only those who were there, truly know how dear that sacrificial service was. Gratefulness toward God filled me as I watched the Memorial Day Concert last night. But what brought the tears was the viewing of multiple cemeteries in France of those who died there during that terrible conflict. I felt the terrible loss while watching a few remaining Vets as they searched out the markers of their fallen comrades in arms. And…the grandchildren with their parents who lost the grandfather…..so sad to see as I somehow felt the multiplied pain of all those who’s loved one never came home again……
And then it came to me, how much more grieved is the heart of God over all who will not come home to Him. Only as we turn to Him can we make any lasting sense of it all…..
Even so, Come Lord Jesus.
I will have John read your comment, Marilyn, thank you.
grateful for his service….to His country and His Savior. I am humbled in knowing his journey. John Christiansen soldiers through life’s battles with dignity, grace, and tremendous kindness. He leads by example and is a man of integrity. The two of u have such strength of character and that sparkle in ur eyes glistens in the room when u r both there. I love u both dearly~Ginger~
What beautiful words, Ginger, thank you. Returning much love to you!
Thank you for sharing and thank John for his service. No doubt it’s very moving to view this Moving Wall or the real one in DC. Hope to be able to see one of them some day. Had forgotten how many troops were lost in Vietnam–it’s mind boggling!
Blessings and love to you both,
I have passed your thanks to John, very gracious, Becky. I concur, seeing evidence oneself does make more of a lasting impact than only hearing about it.