From: Brian Stidham

My daughter wrote a story based on a photo of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in her 7th grade class that she wants to share with all who served in Vietnam and their families.

She has dedicated this story to all who served in Vietnam and the families of POW/MIA's and to all the Armed Forces.

Please take a moment and read this touching story.

Thank you for your time.

Bryan Stidham.


"Heroes Carved in Stone"

By Sabrina Stidham

I stood staring in awe as my gaze settled upon a black granite wall of memories. As I stood there not a muscle in my body twitched, except for the rhythmic beating of my weary heart.

Before me, a great wall, with the names of Fathers, Sons, Brothers, Daughters; Soldiers; Heroes...carved in stone. As I looked at the granite I saw behind it. A scene of tangled jungles, mud-covered boots, people crying, as their lives came to an unwritten end. On the ground I saw the bodies of fallen soldiers, bloody and cold from death. In my heart I felt their pain and fear, which lingered in their unforgotten souls.

In my mind I could see them standing around me, in what was left of their tiger-striped tattered camouflage. Blood covered, dirty calluses had formed on their hands, and memories of home were lost in the emptiness of their stares.

I saw beside me the American Flag, still and unmoving in the bustling air. I shivered at the eerie sight. Suddenly, I felt that I wasn't alone, as though I were in the presence of a soldier; I paused, not believing in my feelings. A chill went down my spine as I felt a touch on my shoulder. I turned to see a woman; a mother, with tears in her eyes, reading the name of her son. At that moment I realized that the soldiers have not been forgotten. They live on in our hearts; then, now, and forever.

As I turned to leave, I hesitated; looked back at the wall and said aloud, "Thank You", and I swear I heard a voice carried on the wind whisper... "Never Forget".

This young lady has done a fine job.

My thanks to her and her father for sending this to

Darry L. Deaton
Former Staff Sergeant, United States Marine Corps
Webmaster, MuddyBoots.Net
September 12, 2005

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