There was a period the focus of my life was on the war in Vietnam. I spent many years in the U.S. Army, that included two years stationed in Panama. But a series of events kept me from serving in Vietnam. Even though I did not serve there, many of my friends from that time period of my life and earlier did go to Vietnam. I still feel a profound sadness when I see the Wall. This is still and will always be for me, the heart of Washington, D.C.