To Honor our Brave American Veterans

The family of Mother Goose spent Friday evening in the company of 2,000 luminaria.

So sad and yet so beautiful — my picture doesn’t come close to capturing the magnitude of 2000 luminaria all lined up in rows. Reminiscent of Flanders Field, but with all the lights there was a feeling of hope.

Each year, Cantigny Park in Wheaton sets them up in the Grand Parade Field to honor and pay tribute to the men and women who have served our great nation. Each of the candles represents seven 1st Infantry Division soldiers killed in action from World War I to the present, a total of 13,599 as of August 2012. That’s just in the Big Red One. The candles also stand in memory of the more than 650,000 soldiers and sailors and airmen and women who have given their lives in combat in defense of our country since the Revolutionary War.

The First Division Museum at the park also presented a program which featured living history re-enactors reading War Letters — letters written from the “front” from the Revolutionary War to the present day. It was moving and sobering — and because warriors are also human, the letters frequently brought smiles and some laughter from the audience. America’s sons and daughters, husbands and wives, expressing their longing for home, their hatred of war, and mostly their love of family.

This is the lobby of the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park.

“War Letters” was accompanied by a multi-media presentation of music and pictures and film clips of soldiers in days gone by.

We brought two of our kids to this evening of remembering the veterans and soldiers. It is the hope of this old goose that my children will grow up to change our world into a place where peace is the only option. Though we honor and love our veterans and soldiers and their families, we mourn the mad loss of life and pray for peace in our land and in our hearts.

God bless you today.

Love, Mother Goose


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. adriancharliehoran
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 12:20:47

    This brought a great smile to my face – a truly inspirational post, may they rest in peace 🙂


  2. Natalie
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 09:20:30

    Thank you for stopping by, Adrian! We have so much to thank these guys for — someday when we all get to heaven, the stories we’ll hear of their bravery and their love for family and country. How grand it will be!


  3. First Division Museum
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 11:52:33

    Thank you for visiting and writing about your experience! We’re glad that you and your family were so moved by the luminary display and War Letters presentation. We’ve shared your blog post on our Facebook page:


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