Newsweek described them as “a youthful, long-haired army, almost as large as the U.S. force in Vietnam.” One of the promoters saw what happened near Bethel (nearly 40 miles from Woodstock), N.Y., as an opportunity to “showcase” the drug culture as a “beautiful phenomenon.”
The newsmagazine wrote of “wounded hippies” sent to impromptu hospital tents. Some 400,000 of the “nation’s affluent white young” attended the “electric pot dream.” One sympathetic chronicler recently described them as “a veritable army of hippies and freaks.”
Time gushed with admiration for the tribal gathering, declaring: “It may well rank as one of the significant political and sociological events of the age.” It deplored the three deaths there—“one from an overdose of drugs [heroin], and hundreds of youths freaked out on bad trips caused by low-grade LSD.” Yet attendees exhibited a “mystical feeling for themselves as a special group,” according to the magazine’s glowing essay.
That same tribute mentioned the “meaningless war in the jungles of Southeast Asia” and quoted a commentator who said the young need “more opportunities for authentic service.”
Meanwhile, 8,429 miles around the other side of the world, 514,000 mostly young Americans were authentically serving the country that had raised them to place society over self. The casualties they sustained over those four days were genuine, yet none of the elite media outlets were praising their selflessness.
So 40 years later, let’s finally look at those 109 Americans who sacrificed their lives in Vietnam on Aug. 15, 16, 17 and 18, 1969.
The important part comes later so link on over to learn about those brave men who died for their country. Of particular interest is that 56% were volunteers versus 43% draftees, and that 92% were white 8% black, and a “disproportionate” number were from the South. It sort of belies some of the stereotypes put forth in most Vietnam movies and the left’s take on that war in general I think.
** I should add that I believe Woodstock was meaningless in general. Seriously, it was just a bunch of teens and 20-somethings listening to music, drinking booze, smoking pot, and using LSD and other junk. I’ve got nothing against young people making fools of themselves – I sure did more than once – but ascribing some significance to that nonsense past Woodstock possibly being the first gigantic naked mud-wrestling venue in the world is just moronic.