Advocate editorial board opinion: War display can foment emotional, spiritual response
By the Advocate Editorial Board
April 13, 2011 at 6:02 p.m.
Updated April 12, 2011 at 11:13 p.m.
When one looks upon a traveling wall honoring our war dead, touches it and reads a name of a fallen soldier, there seems to be a spiritual connection with that warrior - a realization that he or she is there in that split second, recognizing that you are paying respects and understanding the price of freedom.
We appreciate the Texas Fallen Soldiers Memorial that came to the Victoria Mall on Wednesday.
This memorial honors 527 Texas soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and paid the supreme sacrifice to keep our freedom.
Sadly, this war-dead number keeps growing.
If you have a friend or loved one who has served, or maybe your soldier died in war, the memorial will have an extra powerful effect.
Personal thoughts of loved ones who served bring to mind their being and the price of war.
We urge the community to visit the memorial while it is at Victoria Mall.
Pay homage to and remember these soldiers who fought for us.
If you have ever been to Washington, D.C., and viewed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, you will understand the powerful effect of touching any of the 58,267 names as well as the size of the memorial. The senses are charged: sight, touch and hearing those around you softly crying have an impact one never forgets. But with that, we also can sense what war smells and tastes like, and we feel the pain and mental stress all at once.
Our traveling Texas Fallen Soldiers Memorial and other traveling memorials also foment an emotional response from those viewing them.
Go honor our war dead before Saturday morning when the memorial moves on to another city.
A visit to these soldiers' memorial is a way to say thank you.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.