I took the girls today to see a local Veterans’ War Memorial, literally less than 2 miles from our home.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but this wasn’t it. It’s amazingly realistic and powerful. No sugar-coating going on over here. Perhaps the girls will get a better understanding of what Veteran’s Day is really about.
That is a bronze sculpture of man with his legs missing. This exhibit was representing the Vietnam War.
There were a number of sculptures there. We didn’t get a chance to stay long and talk about what each piece meant, partly because it became dark and terribly windy and rain was threatening. I am glad they got a chance to get a more accurate depiction of what happens in wartime. I’m not one to shelter my kids (too much) from the hard realities of life.
Our attention was also split between the sculptures and this cuddly set of goslings, which were found about 30 feet away from the above sculpture.
It was kind of weird to see such cuteness near such tragic sculptures, and it’s even weirder for me to be posting them together, but that’s how it happened for us today. Images of death juxtaposed with new life.