Nation: Honored at Last

A memorial for Viet Nam vets

The ceremony in the sunny Rose Gar den was brief and subdued, but it was one of the most moving—and symbolic—that President Carter has conducted during his term in office. The event reflected the slowly evolving trend toward coming to terms with the Viet Nam War and recognizing the sacrifice of those who served in that corrosive conflict. Carter spoke before signing a bill providing land for a memorial to the Americans who had died in Southeast Asia. Said he: "A long and painful process has brought us to this moment. Our nation was divided by...

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