"Need to remember that the American military is at war. Americans are at the mall," said one vet.
It was that attitude of indifference and an abundance of protest that caused America to pull out of Vietnam, the country's longest and most crippling war, the only one the U.S. ever lost.
And now with the war in Afghanistan costing more lives and dragging on eight years with no forseeable end in sight and President Obama weighing a decision whether to send in another 40 thousand troops comparisons of the two wars can't help but be made in the press and on the street.
At the memorial service near the Square put on by the Carolinas Freedom Foundation veterans, some of Vietnam veterans have not forgotten. We asked if there is any lessons that we can apply to Afghanistan one truth rings out.