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Homer Pack Jr., a Vietnam War veteran, holds a copy of the CD single "The Wall" by West Virginia musical group The Three Pack in Akron, Ohio. Pack wrote the poem "The Wall" that the group made into a song. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
From the porch behind my uncle’s house, I watched my dad shoot a silver handgun at a makeshift target. The series of bullets scattered wood debris as they struck the base of an old oak at the forest’s edge.