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Soldier Sculpture and Memorial
Finding meaningful pieces of public art such as sculptures, murals, and memorials is always a priority along my journeys. As we approach Memorial Day, I instantly think of a not-so-well-known statue honoring those who have lost their life while serving in one of the branches of military across a myriad of wars.
The sculpture, located in Temecula, California, illustrates a soldier away at war writing letters to be mailed to his loved ones. The statue is surrounded by replicas of real-letters written by servicewomen and men during their time in Vietnam, Korea, World War II, etc. Each of the letters is incredibly moving and can raise a reader’s awareness regarding the emotional difficulties endured by young people pursuing social causes such as freedom while living far away from family and anything that is familiar.
Letters to Loved Ones
The letters are written to parents, spouses, newborn children, and a host of other loved ones. The path leading to the statue consists of bricks honoring specific individuals who have served across all the military branches and represents multiple decades.
On this Memorial Day, let’s remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and the families who live with the pain of their loss for the sake of freedoms for us all. Then let’s hug our loved ones who served in the military, returned home, and carry with them memories of countless challenging circumstances along with a few memories of losses of their own military colleagues.
Each of the recent generations has countless women and men who place their entire lives and livelihoods in harm’s way for the sake of the rest of us, let’s hope we can honor and respect each of them more frequently than just on a few holidays.
Thank you to those who have served and the families who suffered in fear awaiting their safe returns. Your sacrifices are deeply appreciated.