Laurel Wamsley

Laurel Wamsley

Laurel Wamsley graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a finalist in 2006 for a Rhodes Scholarship. She has worked for Slate Magazine and as a producer for NPR. As a high school senior she wrote "Granfalloons, Toy Balloons, and American Flags" on September 16, 2001 as a book review for her English class. And as a college student wrote "The Fog of Peace: Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Economy of Memory" in 2004.

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Monday, September 20, 2004
The Fog of Peace: Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Economy of Memory
My father remembers. When I ask him why he volunteered to join the Air Force in 1972, he remembers: "Because otherwise I would have been drafted into the Army. My draft number was 38." When I ask him how he knew he had to get out of the service in 1976, he remembers: "There was a crash. My friends hadn't gotten any sleep because they'd had to fly the hardest route: from the Philippines to Japan to Tacoma. They were exhausted -- they made a mistake. And when they died, everyone in the chain of command blamed someone else.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2001
Granfalloons, Toy Balloons, and American Flags
The tragic events of Tuesday, September 11 have changed everything: things we took as givens are now as distant as the careless days of summer. Our most famous skyline has been chopped down; our impregnable Pentagon has proved pregnable. With each roar of an airplane, we turn our eyes to the skies...
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