Monday, January 31, 2005

National City Christian Church

Washington DC. Inauguration Day -- an inauguration dedicated by the president to the troops. We spent it inside the church walking amid the pews, reading the momentoes left behind by loved ones. Music is playing and the memorial has one of the most contemplative environments ever.

Several boots have a small hand written paper tag that say simply, "You are not forgotten." There seems no rhyme or reason to where they are placed. Several states are included. But that is the theme of so many pairs of boots. One pair has two type-written pages telling of the life of the person. Another has 6 pages printed from a memorial placed on the internet. Photos, badges, even a bullet all tell a story of the lives lost. They become more than a name, age, rank and location. The loved who have visited want the life of their soldier to be known by other visitors. They want the fullness of that life to be known.

It is as if all of the mementoes say one thing -- "You are not forgotten."

3 Comments:

At 7:37 AM, Blogger RCRM said...

I was also in Washington, DC as a former employee of AFSC, and a person dedicated to Peace. I was moved by the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I was also moved by the Republican Committee Fund-raiser from Connecticut I spoke to on the train back to Philadelphia. She stayed across the street from the National City Church. Her and her daughter witnessed the vigil and were moved by it. Her daughter went to view the Viet Nam Memorial since that was for "her generation" Be careful when you are throwing stones. Remember the great promise of St. Augustine. Thou Hast Made us for Thyself oh Lord, and our Hearts will ever restless be until they rest in Thee. That applies to us who are living. Happy Easter.

 
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