New Video of Warriors Remembered Presentation

So often I am told how hearing a sample of the emotional stories in Warriors Remembered helps bring the book and its memorials to life and makes people realize that it is far more than simply pretty pictures.  Unfortunately I am not able to travel to every location that has invited me to make a presentation and do a book signing.

I have now posted a YouTube video of my presentation to reach those far distant from Sugar Land, TX in hopes of making more people aware of the impact Warriors Remembered has had on the veterans’ community and many patriotic civic groups.

You are welcome to use this video if your organization needs a speaker or simply to share it with your friends.  And of course, books are available from www.warriorsremembered.com if you would like to read the 90 other stories in Warriors Remembered.

Warriors Remembered receives outstanding review from MWSA.

The Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) has given a glowing review to Warriors Remembered. An organization of hundreds of military writers, the MWSA’s review is the closest thing to a “peer review” that this photo documentary of Vietnam Veterans Memorials could receive.  Read the full review below.

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MWSA Book Review

Title: Warriors Remembered:  Vietnam Veterans–Welcome Home

Author: Albert J. Nahas;  ISBN: 978-1-934922-29-3; MWSA Reviewer: Michael D. Mullins

Photo-journal that should be in every vet’s library.  

Warriors Remembered: Vietnam Veterans–Welcome Home by Albert J. Nahas is a wonderful pictorial journey to several veterans memorials around America.  Mr. Nahas provides the history of the efforts of those involved in creating monuments to the memory and sacrifice of those who fought for our country, in particular to those who shared the Vietnam experience with him.  He was drawn to include those who fought or served in all our wars, men and women alike.  It is a coffee table book in the truest and best sense of the description. His photography is the next best thing to being at these places in person.

Like most Vietnam vets, I know much of what went into the creation of The Wall in D.C.  I am aware of local memorials, but I knew nothing of the efforts made by others around the country.  Mr. Nahas enlightened me.  He took me places I can’t go.  He showed me things I won’t see up close.  He made tears well up in my eyes, with appreciation and respect for those who worked so diligently to keep memories alive, who salute those who died or otherwise did not come home.  Albert J. Nahas took me on a magic carpet ride around the country with the art of a photographer and the patience of a teacher.  I can feel his emotion. I feel his effort.  I know how much it cost him to produce this work via his own wallet and at the expense of unending emotional commitment. I thank him for it.

I recommend this wonderful book to all who support the military and especially all those who served.

Find 100 unique stories and 285 photos in this photo documentary #WarriorsRemembered at www.warriorsremembered.com

Vietnam Veteran Honored with Street Naming

Anniston, Alabama: The City of Anniston has chosen to honor Vietnam veteran Ken Rollins by renaming 17th Street to Ken Rollins Drive.  Ken Rollins was and continues to be the driving force behind creating and updating Centennial Memorial Park in Anniston to include all of Alabama’s fallen in wars of the 20th and 21st centuries.  Just behind the Alabama shaped reflecting pool in the park’s center is the memorial wall listing the 1205 warriors either killed or missing in Vietnam.  Ken has worked for years on this state memorial and is currently working to add walls for those lost in Afghanistan and Iraq.  To honor him and all of the warriors he has honored with his labor, the City of Anniston on September 6 will change the name of 17th Street which runs along side the park to Ken Rollins Drive.  A well deserved recognition for a veteran who continues to serve.  Read this and 99 other memorial stories in Warriors Remembered

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Top Spot on Recommended Summer Reading List

The Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) has selected Warriors Remembered at the top of their recommended summer reading list. In their Summer 2016 “Dispatches” and based on a soon to be published book review, the MWSA has honored Warriors Remembered with this recommendation to its members. Watch soon for their very glowing book review. Request your copy of Warriors Remembered signed by the author.

A New Memorial Every Year

The Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association (AVVBA) is like no other in the United States. In 1987 the AVVBA adopted a specific goal “to bring recognition to those who served and especially those who did not return from Vietnam”. Each year since, on Friday before Memorial Day, somewhere in the greater Atlanta area, the AVVBA has recognized one of Atlanta’s 418 fallen heroes of the Vietnam War with an individual memorial. The Memorial Committee screens potential candidates who represented the best of Atlanta’s youth based on his contributions to the community before his service and for the sacrifice which led to his death. No other criteria are applied. Then near that warrior’s home and in close coordination with family members, school, church or other organizations in which he was active, the committee coordinates a memorial plaque and formal dedication ceremony complete with dignitary speeches, a color guard, service band, printed programs and aircraft flyovers. Since its inception, the AVVBA has erected twenty-nine memorials throughout Atlanta. Association members finance these memorials with their own contributions and coordinate every detail of each ceremony as well as the memorial’s perpetual maintenance. Generous coverage of these ceremonies by local television news broadcasts focuses attention not only on the warrior being recognized, but also on the significance of Memorial Day. If a single result of Warriors Remembered is the creation of similar associations in other U.S. cities or by younger warriors of more recent wars this book will have been a great success. Find this and 99 other unique stories in the photo documentary #WarriorsRemembered at www.warriorsremembered.com

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Sky-Pilots … our troubles “in the province of Asia”

8We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia.  We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure so that we despaired for life itself.  9Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death.  But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.  10He has delivered us from such a deadly peril and He will deliver us again.  On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us, 11as you help us by your prayers.  Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

       The Monroe County Michigan Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a beautiful park displaying two helicopters and multiple memorials.  One is a tribute to “sky-pilots”, the chaplains who brought spiritual guidance and comfort to those in battle. Resting on a stack of C-ration boxes often used as a field altar in Vietnam, the bible of the sky-pilot memorial is appropriately opened to 2 Corinthians 1:8-11 as if a 2000 year old account of St Paul’s travels could have forewarned us of the troubles we would face in Vietnam. This beautiful park is worth a visit. Find this and 99 other unique stories in the photo documentary #WarriorsRemembered at www.warriorsremembered.com

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Gone … “But not Forgotten”

“A soldier of 19 going on 39 returns from a night patrol and firefight.  His nerves, like his ammunition, are spent.  He carries the burden of an extra rifle that belongs to a fallen buddy; a burden that he will most likely carry for life … mirrored in his … “thousand yard stare”.  His painful memories are dimmed by time … but not forgotten.  His service to his country has been ignored … but not forgotten.  Gone are his fellow veterans who are missing or dead … but not forgotten.”

Clyde Ross Morgan’s PTSD art therapy project became the … But not Forgotten statue for the Utah Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Salt Lake City.  The warrior’s thousand yard stare is perfectly captured in bronze as is his second rifle.  Both bring memories known all too well by Grunts who fought the war.  Like nearly all Vietnam veterans memorials … But not Forgotten is a unique design with a unique background story.  Find this and 99 other unique stories in the photo documentary #WarriorsRemembered at www.warriorsremembered.com

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“We don’t need a Medal of Honor.”

The warrior guards the entrance of the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  He is clearly an Infantryman seated on his inverted steel pot for a moment’s rest. His weapon is always close at hand while he reads a letter from home. “I do miss hearing you laugh.  The President says you might be home for Christmas … the best present of all! Please take care of yourself and don’t be a hero. We don’t need a Medal of Honor, we need a son. All our love, Mom & Dad.” Home to a great number of military bases, nearly 10% of all Vietnam casualties claimed California as their home of record.  5,822 names are inscribed on the circular monument including 13 Medal of Honor recipients. Veterans in their own words in the memorial’s 20th anniversary book: “So many young men … lost their lives before they even knew what living was.” Find this and 99 other stories in the photo documentary #WarriorsRemembered at www.warriorsremembered.com

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Reaching “from her heart” the nurse cried.

Just north of New York City at Lasdon Park in the small town of Somers is a Vietnam memorial that is best seen in the height of autumn’s brilliant colors.  The beauty of the fall foliage is in sharp contrast with the dark bronze of the larger than life warrior emerging to bring his wounded comrade to the outstretched arms of the nurse.  A squad of veterans camped at the site to discourage vandalism threatened before the memorial’s dedication.  Early morning sun on the nurse’s back seemed to drive the heavy dew to her eyes.  The squad awoke to find the nurse crying tears that have now stained her face revealing the depth of her compassion.  Unique from other wars, Vietnam veterans memorials frequently include women warriors as equal members of the brotherhood of arms.  Find this and 99 other stories in the photo documentary #WarriorsRemembered at www.warriorsremembered.com

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WR Memorial Stories

In an effort to continue the welcome home Vietnam veterans deserve I will begin publishing here some of the stories of memorials contained in Warriors Remembered. The book is still available, but I have not been able to reach nearly as many Veterans far from Houston as I would like. Hopefully this new effort will gain broader traction. If you like the stories, please forward them to veterans, friends and relatives who may not be aware of the book. www.warriorsremembered.com