Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Memorial Day: How Our Family Remembers Unknown Soldiers

Have you ever been to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, DC? 

The first time we saw it was over 20 years ago. 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, DC
Having lived during the Vietnam War era, standing before the wall was extremely moving. 

Mr. Goo Shoes did something while we were there, but didn't tell me until later that day. 
When he did, it moved me to tears.

He randomly selected the name of a soldier on the wall. He made a vow that he would never forget him, and would come to honor his name every time he visited DC. 

Four years ago, we went back, and true to his word, he paid respects to this soldier…a Sergeant in the Army, from Wisconsin, who was 23 years old when he was killed.

On this visit, my son and I also picked out random names. 
We, too, promised ourselves that we would pay tribute to these men for the sacrifices they made for our country, each and every time we visited Washington, DC. 

Our son is headed to DC on a school trip soon. We reminded him of the pledge he made four years ago. 

We didn't have to remind him of the name he picked. He remembered. 

This is our family's small way of honoring our country's fallen soldiers. We take a moment to think of them, and thank them for their service on Memorial Day, too. These three men whom we did not know, are symbolic of all of those who lost their lives in battle.  

Iwo Jima Memorial, Washington, DC

Have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

Ms. Toody

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  1. Very moving. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Beautiful piece! I'm not surprised that Goo Jr. remembered his soldiers name. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I was shocked when he said the name…it was four years ago, and he remembered.

  3. What a wonderful way of honoring our soldiers! I think what you've done is lovely. The next time we visit a Memorial, I am going to do the same.

  4. A strange and remarkable place - I was too young to know much of what was going on - but not so young as that it passed me by. The way the Wall seems to hold onto both light and memory is remarkable

    Stewart M - Melbourne

  5. What a wonderful idea. I visited the memorial the summer after 8th grade, and I remember being really moved by it. I will definitely do this the next time I return.

  6. They deserved to be given a proper tribute, real heroes they are.
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