War Stories

For the past two weekends, my community has been immersed in memorials. First, to commemorate D-Day, a WWII weekend hosted by the Mid Atlantic Air Museum. Vintage aircraft, re-enactments, soldiers in uniform, and from those who remain, the stories.black-ribbon

This past weekend, we hosted the Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Memorial that has been touring the US for 30 years.

Families came to find loved ones among those 58,000 names etched into a black marble wall.

There were many tears, speeches, flag ceremonies, candlelight vigils, and again, so many stories.

Both of these reverent, solemn events could not prepare us for what happened on June 12 in Orlando, Florida.

The war we are fighting now is almost unimaginable. There are no uniforms, no flags, no identifying markers to recognize the enemy.

No ethnicity, no religion, no sexual preference, no race is excluded.

I am having trouble finding the words.

So I turn to those of Elisabeth Kubler Ross….

“It’s true that there are only two primary emotions, love and fear. But it’s more accurate to say that there is only love or fear, for we cannot feel these two emotions together, at exactly the same time. They’re opposites. If we’re in fear, we are not in a place of love. When we’re in a place of love, we cannot be in a place of fear.”

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36 Responses to War Stories

  1. LaVagabonde says:

    Sending you 💙💚💛💜❤️, Van.

  2. Erika Kind says:

    Simply love and light to everyone…💖💖💖

  3. I also believe that all emotions are grounded in love or fear. On an average day in the US, 36 people die to gun violence (not including suicide), that’s about 13,000 lives a year. In 2015, mass shootings (4+ victims) took place in 100 US cities and yet accounted for only 2% of gun deaths. I wonder what it’s going to take to change our laws, because this sucks. Hugs, Van.

  4. Erica Herd says:

    I feel kind of numb after this latest massacre.

  5. I actually have no words. It is unimaginable that this horrific tragedies can keep happening and yet nothing concrete changes. My heart aches for the loved ones of all those lost yesterday.

    • Many look for reasons/answers, but in the end, it really doesn’t matter what inspires this kind of violence. As long as we do not feel one in spirit, there will always be resentment of those who we deem different. Thanks, Laura. ❤️

  6. Val Boyko says:

    A wonderful quote for these times Van. Thank you 💕

  7. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear” 1 John 4.18

  8. Although cold blooded murder has been witnessed throughout the world, we must remember the fear and destruction of life is instigated by the FEW. We must remain vigilant to our beliefs and never let this minority feel like they can control us. We must remain a loving and FORGIVING people regardless of the difficulty in maintaining this conviction. It is what differentiates us from them.

    • He is the age of my son, which means he was a young teen for 9/11, living in NYC. Who knows what kind of scrutiny/bullying etc. that a Muslim kid was subjected to at the time. The doubt, fear, suspicion. I’m not saying it is an excuse, but something led him to this ideology, and it was not pretty, no doubt.

  9. Elyse says:

    And the GOP says “move along. Nothing to see here.”

  10. George says:

    You’re right, Van. There is a war out there and each of us is on the front line everyday whether we realize it or not. I really don’t like when people tell me this is the new normal because it makes me feel as if I have to accept this life now. All the hate and killing and refusal by so many to do so little. If Ross’s quote is true, we are truly lost.

  11. C.E.Robinson says:

    Van, well said! I turn to Kubler-Ross often for her wise words of comfort! 💛 Elizabeth

    • I discovered her years ago when my mother got her cancer diagnosis. A social worker friend gave me a copy of “On Death and Dying”. A brilliant piece of work on a sensitive topic. Thanks, E. 💘

      • C.E.Robinson says:

        Van, I have an old 1969 copy. Also a 1981 copy of her Living With Death and Dying. Derek Gill wrote a 1981 book on the Life of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. All of them in paperback. I became interested in her books in the 80s as part of Psychology studies at university. 💛 Elizabeth

      • She is the gold-standard on the subject for a very long time now. 💘

  12. A beautiful quote Van, and yes this war has no uniform.. So true.. But we can wage LOVE right back down its throat.. Blessings dear heart.

  13. Excellent words, Van. A very well written essay on very sad events. I have been reading through the comments that follow, all expressed so well. Thank you for stepping forward and sharing your thoughts. 🐞

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