Thursday, April 16, 2009
If I Could Blog back Time-The Vietnam War Protest
Think Back to Your Teen years. What was going on in your world? What was your major interest in? When I was a teen it was Protesting the Vietnam War. One of my school friends got me to go to a protest. Yes,I skip out on school classes and went to one. The street was so crowded, thought I would be safe from being noticed. Not so!! You see my Dad, at that time,worked for a TV Station in town. They were covering the protest. Cameras were all over the place. I went to the protest and then went home at my usual time. My family always had dinner together. One of the question asked at the table was " How was your day?". Everyone answered in their usual way, school activities,friends, lunchroom fights and News items. When it came to news items,I mentioned the Protest in town. I later found out my dad knew I was there. You see the Remote Camera team needed a fill in that day. My dads friend was on that team and suggested he come. So when the cameras scanned the protesting site there I was. His friend pointed me out. Asking "Is that your daughter?". I never attended a protest again!! Never Skipped Classes again!! Most of all because I realized that with a dad working in television I would surely be seen.
A few years later I join the Military and was attached to a Vietnam Medical Support Battalion. Now I find that funny. Never had to serve in Vietnam. By the time I was through with Basic training and Medical School the troops were being sent back. But, just to know that I could have been serving in a war I attended a protest for was funny.
The Vietnam War was the biggest News item during my teen years. I really did not know that much about the issues. I think if I could turn back time,one thing that would be top on my list is, learning why people are protesting against something. Maybe I would have developed a different view of Politics.