Photos by Richard McCorrison
Song by Eddie Kilgallon & Gary Hannan
"Both the photos and song are copyrighted"
This is a large file for sound- those without DSL (high Speed) please wait= it is worth it.
We present, With the Deepest Respect to the Families and Friends of those we lost!
This also certainly applies to the wall!
My Uncle Paul used to ask me:
"What is the most important part of the body?"
Through the years I would take a guess at what I thought was the
When I was younger, I thought sound was very important to us as
humans, so I said, "My ears."
He said, "No Many people are deaf.
But you keep thinking about it and I will ask you again soon."
Several years passed before he asked me again. Since making my
first attempt, I had contemplated the correct answer. So this
time I told him, "Uncle Paul, sight is very important to everybody,
so it must be our eyes. He looked at me and told me, "You are
learning fast, but the answer is not correct because their are
many people who are blind."
Stumped again, I continued my quest for knowledge. Over the
years, Uncle Paul asked me a couple more times and always him answer
was, "No, but you are getting smarter every year, my child."
Then, my Mom died.
Everybody was hurt.
Everybody was crying.
Even my father cried.
I remember that especially because it was only the second time I
saw him cry. My Uncle Paul looked at me when it was our turn to say
our final good-bye to Mom.
He asked me,
"Do you know the most important body part yet, my dear?"
I was shocked when he asked me this now.
I always thought this was a game between him and me.
He saw the confusion on my face and told me,
"This question is very important. It shows that
you have really lived in your life.
For every body part you gave me in the past, I have told you was
wrong and I have given you an example why.
But today is the day you need to learn this important lesson."
He looked down at me as only Uncle Paul can.
I saw his eyes well up with tears. He said,
"My dear, the most important body part is your shoulder."
I asked, "Is it because it holds up my head?"
He replied, "No, it is because it can hold the head of a friend
or a loved one when they cry.
Everybody needs a shoulder to cry on sometime in life, my dear.
I only hope that you have enough love and friends that you will
always have a shoulder to cry on when you need it."
Thank you for the Womens Memorial= ©1993, Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation, Inc., Glenna Goodacre, Sculptor
This is a thumbnail of a panarama shot of the WWII memorial
(click on it to see it enlarged)
Done for the 25th Anniversary of healing and going strong!
(Click on the below graphic for a very special photo)
We also have a special POW-MIA page(here)