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.
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...