HEROES CARVED IN STONE
I stood staring in awe as my gaze settled upon a black granite wall of memories.
As I stood there not a muscle in my body twitched, except for the rhythmic beating of my weary heart.
Before me, a great wall, with the names of Fathers, Sons, Brothers, Daughters; Soldiers; Heroes… carved in stone. As I looked at the granite I saw behind it. A scene of tangled jungles, mud covered boots, people crying, as their lives came to an unwritten end. On the ground I saw the bodies of fallen soldiers, bloody and cold from death. In my heart I felt their pain and fear, which lingered in their unforgotten souls.
In my mind I could see them standing around me, in what was left of their tiger-striped tattered camouflage. Blood covered, dirty calluses had formed on their hands, and memories of home were lost in the emptiness of their stares.
I saw beside me the American Flag, still and unmoving in the bustling air. I shivered at the eerie sight. Suddenly, I felt that I wasn’t alone, as though I were in the presence of a soldier; I paused, not believing in my feelings. A chill went down my spine as I felt a touch on my shoulder. I turned to see a woman; a mother, with tears in her eyes, reading the name of her son. At that moment I realized that the soldiers have not been forgotten. They live on in our hearts: then, now, and forever.
As I turned to leave, I hesitated; looked back at the wall and said aloud, “Thank You”, and I swear I heard a voice carried on the wind whisper… “Never Forget”.
©Copyright 2005 by Sabrina Stidham
This story was the inspiration for the response, “She Was Touched By Heroes” ~ ©Copyright June 19, 2005 by David T. Roberts.
My daughter wrote moving story as a part of her 7th grade language arts class this past school year and she would like to share it with all who served in Vietnam and the families of POW/MIA’s.
She plans to join the Marines after High School but I think her writing will change her plans. Please take a moment and read through this story that was written based only on a photo she was given in class. She hasn’t been to the Vietnam Memorial Wall yet but will see it for the first time this July.
Thank you and all who served in Vietnam.
I read Sabrina’s “Heroes Carved in Stone” and will be sharing it today with a lot of Vietnam Veterans. Thank You for sending it.
Her story touched my soul, as it was the first thing I read this morning as I checked my email. At that moment I felt I had to thank her somehow and the words just came.
I put them in a MS WORD file and hope you can open them and ask you to please let Sabrina read them as they were written to her.
Give her a tight hug and kiss from an old veteran and tell her we all are glad “OUR HEROES” are being remembered by the young as that means they will never be forgotten.
Dave “Red Dog” Roberts