Some Things Are Going Through My Mind Tonight... Some Old Friends... I Welcome Them
Author: Shiloh


Three trips to The Wall years ago,
and then some.
On the third trip I finally made it to The Wall,
up close.
I knew right where he was,
and went up to him and said hello.
I swear he answered me.
It was such an emotional moment
that I all but collapsed on the spot.
And this big, bad old Vietnam Vet knelt there
and cried like a baby.
It hurt,
but it was good to finally let it out,
finally let it go.
The people around me were kind enough
not to try to console me or anything,
and I got done with my crying.
(I guess I was a bit loud,
but I didn't care!),
and an ex-Marine came up and knelt next to me,
and started saying The Lord's Prayer.
I joined him, and it was a good thing.
He rose and I did, too,
and we hugged each other
like there was no tomorrow.
Then he smiled, turned and saluted The Wall,
and walked away.
I did the same.
There are a few other names I want to visit sometime,
but don't know if I ever will again.
As much controversy as The Wall started,
when it was learned that an Oriental had won the design,
that piece of hallowed ground is, to me,
and to most of us,
THE most important construction in the entire world.
When you walk next to those names,
you are as in a cathedral,
and you carry yourself accordingly.
It is quiet, people are quiet and reverent,
and you can feel those on the other side of the chiseled names....
they are watching back,
and it's almost like having someone watch your six for you again.
It is the one place in this world
where I felt completely at peace, completely open,
completely welcome, completely safe, and completely at home.
Being there was the best thing in my life to this day.


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heavenlynoe ( -- Sunday, March 29 2015, 04:07 am


This is touching. Much respect.
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