Today is known to some as 'Black Friday' which signifies the start of the Christmas shopping season.
The name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally meant a dismal day filled with disruptive vehicle and pedestrian traffic, beginning in 1966.
For many, particularly those who were born and raised in Philadelphia as I was, today is not only known as Black Friday for Christmas shoppers, it also marks a dark and dismal day for the families of Vietnam Veterans who were lost in the Vietnam War on this day in history, November 26.
For instance, Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia sustained the largest number of Vietnam war casualties of any high school in the nation with 54. There were 27 alumni of Father Judge High School, and 27 alumni from Cardinal Dougherty High School.
There are also ten Vietnam Veterans still unaccounted for as POW/MIA from Philadelphia. Nationwide, the following POW/MIA's were lost on November 26 in the following years:
1967 Herbert O. Brennan USAF from O Neill, NE
1968 Gregg Harness USAF from Dallas, TX
1971 Robert D. Beutel USAF from Tremont, IL
1971 James E. Steadman USAF from Fort Collins, CO
For detailed bios on these POW/MIA's and others, visit POW/MIA Search from Scopes Systems
Also on November 26, there were 142 causalities of the Vietnam War
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall has a list of today's wall causalities