I felt the familiar pang in my heart as I always do when I recognize this symbol representing the thousands of Americans, in all wars who served their country and did NOT return home and were unaccounted for.
I remembered the day that I worked in the State Mental Health Facility when I received a verbal warning to be placed in my permanent file because I had verbally attacked a peer.
He had become irate and ordered a Viet Nam Vet in a wheelchair to move from " His table" in the cafeteria during his break. Needless to say, "I lost it..I lost it so much that I was asked to "take the day off to compose myself."
I am a baby boomer. I graduated from HS in 1965. Campus upheaval and the Viet Nam War were on the forefront.
I have taken the word guilty out of my vocabulary, but guilt does play a large part of my wounded soul as I remember the manner in which the returning soldiers were not recognized or were treated upon their homecoming.
To this day when I encounter a veteran I always thank them for their service to our great country and to our Viet Nam Vets...
OMG Welcome Home..tears are running down my face now..and God Bless the ones who didn't and the families they left behind.
I stayed up all night creating this piece. I wanted to honor our MIAs and POW's in my own simplistic way, yet in a creative manner that you would be proud to display or give as a gift.
I painted 3 pieces until I was satisfied with this one. The top of the painting is my original piece I sold to a Veteran for a 20 cent listing.
The bottom I designed today. I am known for my vibrant pieces. The words spoke to me in black and red.
This is also for those who are fighting now..for those spouses left behind keeping the home fires burning..friends and family...It is for everyone..
Also listed in my shop as a Giclee Art Print and just beautiful State of the Art Giclee Professional Printer.
Please read my explanation for printing this piece in listing picture 3
Print is listing 2
Mats and frames not incuded thank you..Just to show you how gorgeous it looks .
National POW/MIA Recognition Day 3rd Fri. every Sept.
" We Have Not Forgotten You.." Trudy Hylant