Tears for the Military?

@Darkwing (21588)
March 10, 2007 4:03pm CST
This is a report sent to me by a friend in Arizona. He lost his brother as a result of the Vietnam War... I just wanted to share it with everybody, as I feel that people outside America, don't really understand the effects this war had on the American population... "We had a very unexpected & special visitor show up to see his brothers' Quilt block while we were in Orland Park. Most of time I have a pretty good idea of who we might be seeing or meeting on our trips with The Quilts but this time I was so surprised when Ed Littell introduced himself that I was speechless! It seemed that Ed was just as surprised as we were... Ed lives in Arizona but happened to be at a convention in Chicago on business when he got a message from his sister in law that we were nearby with The Quilts. Well, it turned out that Ed didn't get a lot of business done at the convention because it meant more to spend some time with us & The Quilts over the weekend, reflecting upon the memory of his brother Stephen. Although I've never met any of Stephen Littell's family in person before, I've always had a sense of personal attachment to this particular piece... Stephens' block...mainly because I know a lot of the history & personal story behind it. I've been in contact with Stephen Littell's widow Barb for quite some time now & she has been a very good friend to me since we lost our founder, Jennie LeFevre in 2004. Barb has given me a source of strength & purpose to carry on Jennie's work. As the weekend progressed Ed Littell, Henry & I got to share a lot of hugs along with many tears reflecting upon Stephens' battle with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma caused from his Agent Orange exposure. The surprise of meeting & spending time with Ed was indeed an honor. However, there is one moment that absolutely broke my heart & I have made a promise to myself that I must try to work on a solution in the future... During closing ceremonies on the last night of the event they held a Candlelight Vigil where the family members of Veterans lost during Vietnam proceeded to The Wall with a candle which was left there in recognition of their loved one...as Ed stood beside me that night I could feel his heart breaking as he felt he should be doing the same for his brother. Ed left my side & went to stand inside by the Quilt that his brothers block is on. I know how sacred The Wall is to all of us but I believe in my heart that Ed Littell should have been among those recognizing there loved one that night..... Even though Stephen Littell came home from Vietnam he also died as a direct result of his tour of duty there...." This touched my heart, and affored my tears... so, as a tribute to all those who lost near and dear ones in, or as a result of this war. Indeed any war reaps these results, and it pains me to think about them. Please, the powers that be, let them end!
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@CatEyes (2449)
• United States
12 Mar 07
So touching. I wish like most every one on earth that we did not have wars, but we do. Any time we humans are involved things get all twisted and misused until evil happens. War is a way to clear away and also allow evil in. It really depends on what is going on, what the out look is, what the war is for and so forth. We can only pray that we will find peace in such a cautic time.
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@Darkwing (21588)
12 Mar 07
Some humans are ok... it's the leaders of countries seeking total power which causes the problems. Yes, it is very touching and it made me think long and hard about all the conflict in the World and how it affects not only those involved in it, but their close ones, also. I will pray with you, CatEyes, for in my short time on Earth, I have seen a lot of misery caused by disagreement and ultimately, war.
@Darkwing (21588)
12 Mar 07
Sorry, CatEyes, I forgot to thank you for your response. Brightest Blessings.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
10 Mar 07
Awwwwww Darkwing this is so lovely written and yes it has reduced me to tears to. There have been a lot of Lifes lost and the sad thing is, that it just does not get appreciated anymore what these Soldiers do as it used to.
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@Darkwing (21588)
11 Mar 07
Yup, unfortunately, there have been a lot of lives lost, but it really brings it home when it happens to somebody you know. It's not just in Vietnam either, Iraq is as bad. I don't think America loses its appreciation for its soldiers, but I'm afraid that Britain forget what's happening... until it happens to somebody close to us. Thank you for your response Gabs... we'll cast a tear together! (((((Hugs)))))