If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.
—Major Michael Davis O’Donnell1 January 1970 Dak To, Vietnam Listed as KIA February 7, 1978 Vietnam Memorial Panel 12E Line40
John A. Siegfried is proud to introduce Six Degrees of the Bracelet: Vietnam's Continuing Grip.
While the Vietnam War was raging, silver bracelets were created to raise awareness of, and show support for, American servicemen who were prisoners of war (POW) or missing in action (MIA). After the war, black bracelets were produced to pay homage to any of our armed forces killed in action (KIA). The orange bracelet is more recent and symbolizes all those, living and deceased, who have suffered from diseases, combat wounds, and post traumatic stress resulting from their Vietnam service. These bracelets honor the memory and sacrifice of our troops—one of the central goals of this book.
Veterans Day 11/11/11 signifies our country's deepest appreciation to all servicemen and women, past and present, who have sworn to protect our country. This video hopes to do the same and serve as a testament to those brave children of America.