The solitary soldier stands Alone contemplating his fate. In 1963, there were only 16,300 American troops on the ground in Vietnam. By the time of Dr. King’s death five years later, there were over 500,000 troops there. At the time of the March, soldiers in Vietnam must have felt very Alone. The American public was not very kind to our fighting men and women during this war. They were spat upon and vilified. Dr. King, the messenger of love and respect would not have approved of this behavior. In the intervening decades, one part of his Dream has come true. We now treat soldiers and veterans with respect. We hope they no longer feel Alone.