Vietnam War veteran Hank Van Laarhoven watches as volunteers help him find each name of all those he served with. Van Laarhoven was one of the squad leaders of the 2nd Battalion 1st Marines during the Vietnam War.
On Saturday, November 9, 2013, Van Laarhoven visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for the first time in his life. This was also his first time seeing many of those whom he served with since 1967.
When asked to describe some of his emotions, he solemnly said, "Deep sadness. It's overwhelming. It's not just a single name on the wall...we know too many here. They need to be remembered."
He stayed at the memorial for more than an hour, searching for every single name of those he served with.