I think more often than not we forget about the animals the fight in all theaters of war, and I really appreciated how they depicted it. While horses are no longer used in combat today, dogs are frequently used and should not be shortchanged, and it was nice to see that the memorial accurately remembered their service in the war. In fact, the usage of dogs in Vietnam was previously unknown to me, and I can only assume that their services were vital to military success of the American combatants. The dog statue served to enhance this idea and thus was my favorite statue at the entire memorial.
I also found it interesting when the tour guide discussed his PTSD, specifically remembering how he said that he could not have given this tour 30 years ago. It was interesting because he seemed like an overall controlled person who did not seem damaged in any way. It makes you wonder the real extent of PTSD and how many people simply just hide it and push it away into their self-consciousness. Moreover, it was thought-provoking on how he called these tours a sort of therapy session to ease his