When I took this picture a few years ago, I didn't know whose boots these were. Whether they were left by a loved one or brought to The Wall by a soldier who hoped to find closure.
Thousands of momentos are left at The Wall every year. At the end of
each day they are collected, cataloged and saved with great respect.
These are the talismans of a war whose lasting legacy is the memorial
created to its fallen soldiers.
The Wall is a touchstone for those of us who were left to carry the
memories of the ones we lost.
For me it is also a reminder not to forget those who lived but came back lost.
To all of them, thank you.