WASHINGTON (AP) - John Kerry paid a solemn early morning visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Monday, offering a quiet Memorial Day counterpoint to President Bush's tribute to the fallen across the Potomac River at Arlington National Cemetery.
Kerry visited the wall along with the family of William Bronson of Gardner, Mass. Bronson died in 1976 from a seizure related to a head wound he suffered in 1968 during combat in Vietnam.
The Democratic presidential candidate worked with Bronson's family and the Navy to have Bronson's name added to the wall.
His name was recently inscribed on the memorial wall and will be officially enrolled during ceremonies later Monday.