Young men have gone to war ever since there have been young men. They leave their mother and father, brother and sister, girlfriend, fiancee, and wife in order to serve and protect something greater than themselves. Sometimes these brave young men do not return home or if they do they are covered in an American flag and an Honor Guard.
These fallen Americans are usually honored in places like Arlington National Cemetery
and the Vietnam Memorial in DC:
Families come from far and wide to reflect on the sacrifices of these men and women. For some, a simple piece of paper bearing the name of their fallen soldier, sailor, pilot, or Marine is all they have.
As they rub the paper over the name I have to wonder what is going on on the “Other Side”.
Sad picture. Strong picture. It took us a long time to get the Vietnam Memorial built. Arlington was once a cruel joke on Robert E Lee who called the place his home before he accepted a Commission from the CSA.
A memorial for the unknown or the missing and killed in action where there is nothing left to bury is unspeakably sad. What is sadder still is the grave of a soldier with no marking whatsoever.
Could it be that he was the last of the line? No mother or father? No siblings? No one to pay the small fee to have a free Government stone placed? No. Not in this case. Specialist Casey Sheehan has a mother, father, and siblings. So where are they? Why aren’t they placing the stone themselves? I don’t know about Specialist Sheehan’s father and siblings but I think we all know where Mother Sheehan is.