Saturday, November 19, 2011

American Graffiti

#52 Graffiti


Today I give you item number 52 on my Scavenger Hunt 101 list: graffiti.


These images are of the Wall of Honor that was painted on a rock wall by Wilson Central High School students to honor their classmates who have served. As graduates of this school, both my boys' names are on this wall as well as many of their friends.


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The wall, which has been in existance since before my sons even enlisted, was defaced in November, 2010 by a local rival highschool as a senior prank. As if that weren't bad enough, they also chose to pull this stunt right before Veteran's day.

One of the names on this wall, was Spc. Michael Stansbery who was killed in action. As heartbreaking as it was for me to see my sons' service dishonored in this way, I can only imagine what it must have felt like for Michael's family.


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The wall was quickly repainted in time for Veteran's day and almost every time I drive by it, I see people parked or standing in front of it. It has come to symbolize the patriotism of this little community. I don't know what the statistics are, but my daughter-in-law and I were talking that it seems this school has produced an unusually high number of enlisted men.

Volunteers, all of them.


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Thiry Days Of ThanksToday I am thankful for....


The support and love of our community and other's like it throughout the country who show appreciation and honor of our service men and women.

5 comments:

  1. LeAnne! That is such a great wall, and really enjoyed your post on it! Saw your sons name on it, and so glad that the love to repair it and guard it went in to getting the repair done. Am anxious to see how your new sales adventure is going, and if it is a good site. Am still planning something after the new year, so am watching how yours goes very closely. Definitely know you will sell lots as it gets established, as your work is very special. Best from Texas! Jeanne

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  2. This is incredible...what an amazing tribute. It breaks my heart to think of anyone defacing this. I just watched via livestream my nephew arriving at Ft. Hood this morning - I never actually saw him in the crowd, but just knowing he was there was a joyful experience! He is home. Witnessing the reunions, even on a computer screen, was so touching. Have a wonderful day, Leanne, and thank you for sharing this amazing way your community has of honoring its soldiers!

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  3. I am touched by this story. That poem in the last photo is so moving. Thank you for sharing this.

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  4. I am swelling with pride just looking at your photos and reading your words. Can't imagine viewing this all thru your eyes and the eyes of other's personally involved. Thank you for sharing.

    Kathy

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  5. LE ANNE! GO PICK UP YOUR WINNERS BUTTON FROM SHOOT EDIT AND SUBMIT!!! CONGRATULATIONS! WAY TO GO

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