Memorial Day is about the ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice – the ones who died in battle. Earl Hamner portrayed this side of Memorial Day when he wrote about “Ben” who made a Memorial Day bench to honor the uncle for whom he was named. When Grandpa Walton sat on the bench and gently touched his sons name, his face said it all.
We often forget about the suffering of the ones left behind. In todays society, the sorrow and rememberance of Memorial Day has become a day for picnics and swimming.
The story below is from a chapter from the novel I am currently working on. Hope Beyond the Sunset which is a sequel to The Vision of a Mother’s Heart. The setting is 1926 in Vinton, Virginia where twelve-year-old Isabel attended school. Miss Merrideth is her teacher who overheard boys in the classroom boasting that they…
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