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The horror of the Vietnam War has given way to a creepy and wholesome nostalgia. That the men and women who heeded the brainless call by Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon to lay siege to the Big Muddy should want to honor the fallen with commemorative ceremonies is understandable, but the specificity of today’s observance at the Navy Memorial of the 28th anniversary of Operation Game Warden poses three unanswerable questions: Why? Why? Why? Operation Game Warden was the name the U.S. Navy River Patrol Force gave to their interdiction efforts against the Viet Cong in the Mekong Delta as the war heated up in late 1965. Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt will lay a wreath at the Navy Memorial’s Lone Sailor statue, and the Color Guard and U.S. Navy Ceremonial Band will do their stuff. At 11 a.m. at the Navy Memorial, 7th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 737-2300. (Jack Shafer)