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  • Kelly Seward

Pillars of Roses

Since September 11, 2001, almost half of our U.S. troops have now served alongside a comrade who was killed and 60% have served alongside a comrade who was badly injured. For many Veterans, Memorial Day intensifies these painful memories of war and of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Despite this, the military's bond of brotherhood remains strong; one Veteran said he makes sure the grave of his fallen friend "looks good" because he promised to always have his back.

This Memorial Day, the Tribute Garden at VCP's headquarters in Kansas City, MO, served as a place where the residents of VCP Village and other guests could honor and remember those they love.

Following remarks by VCP Senior Case Manager and U.S. Navy Veteran, Wes Williams, visitors took a rose for each fallen hero and placed it on the stone pillar bearing their branch seal. One of our newest residents, a young Marine struggling with PTSD, quietly laid down three stems.

Within a short period of time, the five pillars bore the weight of more than 30 lives lost.

"Never was so much owed by so many to so few." - Winston Churchill


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