So I know I said I was going to update the pictures of the day today, but I felt that the post I am about to write needs to be by itself. So I am doing that.
I was talking to my mom on the phone the other day and she mentioned that there was a memorial of the Vietnam Wall traveling around the country. She mentioned that she was going to see the Wall as it meet up with its escort of almost 1000 motorcycle riders, before it traveled to its destination for the weekend.
I thought that this was pretty interesting and mentioned it to my father in law. Fast forward to this morning. My father in law was reading the newspaper and saw that there was also an exhibit here in Orlando. He asked if I wanted to go and off we went.
We pulled up to this hotel and saw a large black wall. We were told that the wall was 3/4 the size of the wall in DC. We walked up and immeadiately I was humbled. There were so many names. So many men and women who had sacrificed so much so that we may live in peace. It was truly humbling. We were told that there are only 8 women on the wall. The rest of the names are men.
They are denoted in two ways, there is either a diamond or a cross in front of the name. The cross symbolizes those that are missing in action. The diamond symbolizes those that have given the ultimate sacrifice and whose bodies have been brought home. The names were listed in the order that they were taken from us.
As sad as it was to see, it was absolutly humbling. It also made me proud. Proud to know that my husband is fighting for our country. Proud that these men and women have the bravery that many others do not. It truly makes you realize that freedom is not free. There is a price and families all over the country are paying the price for this. I realize that I am also paying a price. I spending time away from the man I love, so that he can fight for our freedom.
So today everyone, take a moment and realize how lucky that we all are. How lucky we are to have such brave men and women fighting for us.
JMS- I love you and am so proud of you. Stay safe my heart. I miss you!