One of the more remarkable aspects of my research project into Veder’s “Burst of Joy” is its continuing relevance in American life.
This July 1999 article, from the Youngstown Vindicator, mentions that this photograph was featured in a 1999 Turner Network TV show called “Moment of Impact.” Veder says in the show, “You have to anticipate action. Everything looks routine, and then suddenly all hell breaks loose.”
This quote got me thinking. In 1999 most Americans probably thought that there was no chance the United States would ever enter into a conflict like the Vietnam War again. The Cold War was over and while terrorist attacks occurred, they rarely occurred in the United States. Did anyone who read this really “anticipate action,” in the sense that we’d be at war again? Yet just two years later, the United States would be at war again in a conflict that has many parallels to the Vietnam War.
I’m interested to discover if Veder’s photo was used in the decade that followed. Was it used to remind Americans, awaiting the return of their loved ones from places like Iraq and Afghanistan, that wars come to an end? Or was it used in a different manner, perhaps to remind Americans of the high costs of war? Let’s not forget, Lt. Col. Stirm spent six long years in a prison camp.
Paper source: (Youngstown) Vindicator, 17 July 1999, C6