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Through the darkness I see your tears.
Your smile replaced with questions and fears.
Standing in the shadows, still in denial,
with open arms awaiting our arrival.
As the years roll slowly pass,
his faith in us is shattered like glass.
His hopes and dreams, he threw away,
just to survive from day to day.
His tears replaced with jagged lines,
with only one question in his mind.
Dear God, why did they leave me behind?
The above was written for Msgt. Gregory J. Harris.
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In the fall of 1982, a U.S. Navy officer walked up to the trench where the concrete for the foundation of The Wall was being poured. He stood over the trench for a moment, then tossed something into it and saluted. A workman asked him what he was doing. He said he was giving his dead brother's Purple Heart to The Wall. That was the first offering."
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The Three Servicemen


There was a storm of controversy in early 1982 over Maya Lin's design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. To mollify critics who felt that the design was too unconventional, a more traditional element was added. Frederick Hart, who had won third place in the original competition, was awarded the commission to create a suitable work of representational sculpture to be added to the Memorial.

Composed of three men carrying infantry weapons, the statue grouping has been called both The Three Fighting Men and The Three Servicemen. The men are wearing Vietnam era uniforms and could be from any branch of the U.S. military at that time. Interpretations of the work vary widely. Some say the troops have the "thousand yard stare" of combat soldiers. Others say the troops are on patrol and begin looking for their own names as they come upon the Memorial.

The lead soldier was modelled after a 21 year old Marine who was stationed in the Washington, DC area in 1983. The soldier carrying the machine gun on his shoulder was modelled after a Cuban-American, and the African-American is a composite of several young men who the sculptor used as models.