The Biddeford Heroes Wall honors veterans from all times and places. It displays images and stories of living and deceased heroes who were involved in the military. Although this type of memorial would be meaningful to almost anyone who visited it, there are a few people who are affected more than anyone else. The memorial would be the most meaningful for people who see themselves on the wall and family members of those people.
The men and women who are able to see themselves on the wall must feel honored to be represented. These people see their name, picture, and story among other great people and realize how important their service really was. Their stories are being shared with anyone who is willing to read them. They might think that their story isn’t anything special, but that is far from true. These people have been through so much that other people couldn’t even begin to comprehend. If they are able to see their own plaque, they might realize how important they actually are.
Another group of people who would be greatly affected is the families of those who are shown on the wall. I think it would be especially meaningful to the families of deceased heroes. On the wall, a man named Captain Paul T. Hayes has a plaque. His plaque explains that he graduated from Bowdoin and Tufts Medical School, and then became a surgeon who served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Hayes was killed in action on Oct 1, 1945, three months after the war in the Pacific officially ended. When Hayes was killed he had a wife and 4 children back at home. I can only imagine that when his family visited the wall, they were touched. They got to see that all of his hard work is being appreciated by everyone in the community. And even though his children weren’t able to know his father for too long, they are able to know what he did.