Sunday, May 28, 2006

Memorial Day

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.


8 comments:

psychfun said...

That is lovely!

ally123130585918 said...

Mrs L those boots are very poignant ~ and the Memorial wall is awesome ~ (To all of them, thank you.) Ally

armandt said...

SGT Armand salutes those who salute us!

Thanks, Mrs. L ...

jevanslink said...

Anytime Armand.  

bosoxblue6993w said...

Vietnam .... there WERE no survivors ... just those of us who still breathe.

SP5 Bosox

ladeeoftheworld said...

I too say Thank You..............

sunnyside46 said...

just a sigh
Marti

mosie1944 said...

What strikes me about Vietnam is that my husband would have been there, if he hadn't been obese.  He tried, only six months before I met him.  An old ex-Army Doc told him that if he'd tried three years later, they'd have taken him... because by then they were taking anyone.  But by then he had a wife and two kids.