By Sarah Groshong
I was surprised that it was not larger,
For it did not seem to convey the enormity of your sacrifice.
Its simple beauty moved me, though,
And I thought how fitting it was that its clean lines and unpretentious elegance
Should serve as a memorial for young lives so freely given –
And so quickly gone.
Like so many before me and so many yet to come,
I went there for myself –
Seeking an answer to an eternal question.
I found a nation face-to-face with its own soul.
(In memory of Allen Groshong: Panel 48-E, line 52)
The world is a colder and darker place without you, little brother; but your light still shines, for you will live in my heart forever.
Sarah Groshong, August 1988
The author is a retired educator and writes from Eastville, Va.