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Updated: Local man writes song saluting Vietnam vets (Audio included)

The Vietnam MemorialA song honoring Vietnam veterans has a local tie.

Max Sidders of Bellefontaine wrote the lyrics for “The Wall”, which describes the meaning of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C.

The music was written by Daniel Ratcliff.

The singer is Dwight Christopher.

Sidders wrote the lyrics on Christmas Eve 1985.

He was inspired by his son Bob, who was a Marine for 22 years.

The song was one of ten performed in Washington in 1992, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Wall Dedication.

Listen to Sidders reflect on writing the popular song and discuss what Veterans Day means to him.

Veterans Day was first celebrated on November 11, 1919 which was the first anniversary of the end of World War I.

There are 18.5 million veterans in the United States.

We salute all of our veterans.

Enjoy the song written by Sidders.

The song is available on iTunes.

Here are the lyrics.

A soldier walks up to the black granite wall
He soon finds the name of a friend he saw fall
He touches the name and tries not to cry
In silence he wonders why his friend had to die

A woman walks up to the black glossy stone
She touches the name of a man she had known
She kissed him goodbye and he never returned
What a high price they paid for the lessons we learned.

A young lady touches the name of her dad
And longs for the father that she never had
She's happy that honor has now come at last
But it can't erase the pain of the past.

Two fingers meet on a name etched in stone
They touch it so gently they feel so alone
Their only pleasure is what they recall
Of a son who is now just a name on the wall.

The names are all there on the black shiny wall
They fought for their country they answered the call
We all feel better but we can't explain
The feelings we have when we touch their names.

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