Dear Uncle Eddie Adams,
How could I express myself with felicity, having received your most kind, warm
and loving letter? And a precious invitation!
Yes, Uncle Eddie, I'd love to be in the heart of New York City with you, having
a conversation. Yes, life is all about a conversation. Ever since I landed
at Camp Pendleton, 2 May 1975, feeling a handful of soil in my palm, I knew it:
this soil is different from the one in Vietnam. The poetical seed in my
heart fell out into this new world...
Who would have ever thought that one day I would be so blessed to meet the U.S.
President at a sacred place and time? Yes, I was truly humbled and honored to
meet President George W. Bush at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C., in the
quiet autumn morning of Veterans Day 2002. And we shook hands. I
gave Mr. President my love and gratitude for the great country in which I live,
for the freedom without which I would not have a meaningful life...
And here came your gift of love, opening your heart and your home to me.
I thank you, sir.
God Bless you and God Bless America.
With of love and gratitude,
Linh Duy Vo
(The Boy in the Poem)
Please allow me to share this letter with President George W. Bush and his
Family. I was with only a few Viet vets who arrived at The Wall at 6:00
a.m. At 8:00 a.m., the President came quietly to leave his offering --
with a few secret service agents, unnoticed; and he shook my hand with the warmest touch of humility. Looking into his
eyes, the poet inside of me felt his loving kindness and sincerity. I took
a few close-up pictures of him, one came out to be very powerful. I
believed with all my heart that the 58,000-plus souls on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
blessed me with such a miracle, as I have always experienced that miracle each
time anew. And here is a poem entitled "No
Child Left Behind" in of honor of Mr. President and First Lady Laura
Bush. And some time ago, General Colin Powell gave Mr. President a copy of
"Offerings at the Wall" in which I autographed my poem "Dear
Daddy" on page 239.
Subj: Re: Dear Uncle Eddie Adams
Date: 1/2/2003 10:41:52 AM Pacific Standard Time
To: Poet Linh D Vo
Dear Linh Duy Vo,
I wish you and your family the very best New Year and I open the doors of my home to you, which will always be open for you, to spend a vacation in the heart of New York. We have a guest bedroom here that is yours when you want it.
I do want to get together and thank you for all of the wonderful things you have done and your beautiful poems -- we must sit down and have a talk.
So please come to New York to your room which also belongs to Nick Ut & Kim Phuc.
Very best to you ... happy New Year.
Ballad for My America
Dear Papa-san Kerry
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