I believe that everyone that sees the wall can find it meaningful in some way. These are all veterans from different wars. Whether or not they are dead or alive, they served their country.
I think that everyone should have a certain amount of respect when looking at the veterans’ plaques. I think the people who can find the most meaning in this wall are people who have a relative or someone they know on the wall.
There were so many soldiers that served and never got recognition. This wall, although not being too large, brings recognition to those who may have not done anything special in the war, but served their country.
I think there should be more walls like this to bring recognition to many more soldiers that fight everyday for our country.
The tile that I chose to write more about is staff seargent James Sheppard Jr. who was born September 20th, 1924 and died on August 19th, 2018. I found this story in particular interesting because he enlisted into the Army Air Force at the age of 18.
He worked with many different planes and was eventually shipped overseas. He held 3 FAA certificates. He was a part of the Tuskegee Airmen. What they accomplished gave the rest of the military a path to success.
James moved with his family to Maine in 1972. He was also awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by president George W. Bush in 2007. He passed away at 93 years old in the Maine veterans home in Scarborough.