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Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Tribute To The Veterans

 The Vietnam Veteran's Wall came to Ripley in 2007.

I wrote the following poem and left it at The Wall. I placed it on the ground, in the midst of the other many items, all left by the visitors who came to the Ripley Court House Lawn that April in 2007.

The Wall That Heals
She brings a flower
Full of life,
Fresh and fragrant.
The mirrored surface
Reflects her tears.
Her fingers flow across
Unending names.
The names of many
Now gone or missing.
She stops and stares
In a trance.
She stares at one name,
Now just a memory.
A husband,
A father, a son,
Now just a memory.
The granite panels
Stand, strong and silent.
Honor to those
That were strong,
But now silent.
The wall that heals
captures her tears
In its reflection.
The wall that heals
Those men and women.
The flower now faded,
Withered, and worn
Lays in its reflection,
Catching the tears
Of other loved ones
In procession.
J Smart
© 2007

I pay tribute to the veterans still living today and to the ones who have sacrificed their lives for our country.
My family members have served our country since the Revolutionary War. We have ancestors who fought on both sides of the Civil War. 

Dad still talks of his time in the Army.
He still speaks a little Japanese and he still pronounces the Japanese names and places with fluency.

This picture of Dad is dated July 6, 1946 Fukuoka, Japan

My husband was in the Navy during the Vietnam Conflict. He was stationed at the naval base in Puerto Rico and for 2 years was on the guided missile destroyer USS Leahy DLG-16.

Charley at Kanawha Airport going back after being home on leave.

I pay tribute to all veterans today, in your family and mine. God Bless the USA.


  1. Hi Janet! Your poem is beautiful, you are so talented. I love the picture of your Dad.

  2. Yes, I love the poem. I lost my fiance in Vietnam.

    If you make a visit to the *web site* The Virtual Wall, you can add photos and mementos there as well.


  3. Hi Janet, Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. It's great that you have this information on your family's history in the military. You have composed a wonderful poem and thank you for sharing it with all. God Bless America and our Troops!

  4. Thanks for the lovely poem and your tribute to veterans everywhere.
    I've never seen the WALL but would like to. Saw it on tv the other day.
    Actually I'd like to go to DC and see it.
    The story I'm working on contains a Vietnam Vet.


  5. We've been to the wall a few times; it's best to go early on a weekend morning when few people are there.

    My thanks to Charlie today, Janet.

  6. Beautiful poem Janet, that wall is a beautiful piece of work also. I haven't seen the real one, but I have seen the smaller traveling one. So touching.

  7. Love love the poem-what a wonderful post!!

  8. I love your poem, Janet! I also saw the traveling wall a few years ago in Tennessee and got to see the real one in 2007. I love to hear stories from our veterans.
    A big Thank You to the veterans in your family.


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