These are pictures of memorials in our town of local men who have lost their lives in battle. Included here is my uncle Harold. He was the youngest of 4 boys and was newly married when he was drafted to Vietnam. He didn't make it very long there before he was killed. He was among many on the front lines. It is such a heartache to loose someone to war.
Also, more recently we lost a young man in Iraq. Frank B Walkup IV was killed in action this past year. He was a 1st Lt. in United States Army Infantry where he was trained as Airborne, Air Assault, and Ranger qualified. He was commissioned as 2nd Lt. on May 5, 2005, the day he graduated from UT Knoxville. He died serving our country in Iraq on June 16th, 2007 and in a fitting way was put to rest on July 4th, the day we celebrated our freedom. He like others who have given their all for others left behind a family... A young wife, they were married two years, a mom, dad, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends... He was only 23 years of age. Even small towns are not left unaffected by war. It is an honor to keep memories of them alive and to remember their sacrifice.