The other day a I wrote a post about the Fairfield County museum in Winnsboro, SC. Currently they are holding a special exhibit for one of their native Sons, William Belk, that displays many of the artifacts that he has saved and collected over the years and through his travels. To the left is a picture of one such artifact that is currently on display during the exhibit.
It's the blindfold that William wore when he was a hostage in Iran. He was one of more than 60 Americans who spent 444 days in captivity when the US Embassy in Tehran was overrun. I can't imagine what the experience must have been like or how frightened those that endured this ordeal must have been.
Luckily, William was returned and finished out the rest of his career serving the U.S. He like many of the people those that were captured with him, have lived on to share their story with the rest of us. A frightening reminder of what those who have served and protected our country have gone through ensuring our safety.
I can't imagine for the life of me what it would be like knowing that a family member was in this situation. Not knowing if they were safe. Not knowing if they were alive. And not knowing if they would return home or if you would ever have the opportunity to see them again.
I can however ask those who were around at the time what it was like. According to my family it was a frightening time indeed. William Belk in my cousin, and from what I understand, what was in our measurement of time just over a year, felt a lot like an eternity. I'm sure for William it felt like the whole thing lasted a lot longer. These days he is happy and healthy and has put a lot of this behind him.
And now rightfully so, the Fairfield County Museum is honoring one of it's native Sons in this current exhibit. So if you get a chance, stop by and have a look for yourself. Sometimes it's powerful to see history close up.