Monday, October 13, 2008

Section 60

I got a copy of the show to screen, and it was hard to watch. I shed more than a tear or two. Lots of tears. I actually watched it with my mom, but I need to watch it again by myself.

The story showed section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, a sad, somber place in itself. To watch these families come and mourn their loved ones was heartbreaking. From the man who comes to sleep on his son's grave, to the baby taking her first steps, the the little girls singing happy birthday to their dad on what would have been his 30th birthday.....

As families come to visit their fallen Soldier, they comfort one another knowing exactly what the other is going through. Small rocks are left on the headstone to let the families know that someone was there to visit their Hero. Abs has always collected rocks wherever she goes and the last time we went to visit my dad, she out a few of her treasured rocks on my dad's headstone.

While Gunner was still here, we have talked on several occasions about where he wanted to be buried in case something happened. Not a conversation I thought I would ever have so young, but one that has been necessary.

The show airs tonight on HBO.

6 comments:

Amy said...

I just finished watching the show and it was heart wrenching!

I'm still trying to process all my thoughts but I just thought I would let you now that I watched it - and cried a lot.

Jamie said...

I just finished watching as well, and let me tell you it hit home with me. My husband is in the Air Force and my little brother is in the Marines (on month 14 of an 18 month deployment).

I cried throughout the entire show, and like Amy, I am still trying to process all of it. You are so right about how heartbreaking is.

I want to thank you for bringing this show to my attention, because I had no idea about it. The show actually prompted the same conversation between my husband and me.

Abbey said...

Just finished watching it and it was horrible!!! So sad!!!!!! Can't imagine the pain.

Penelope said...

Last Sunday my husband and I visited section 60. There were mothers, spouses and children sitting besides the graves of their beloved ones, trying to connect. Several graves already had Halloween decorations. Although my husband spent almost 2 years in the Middle-East, I felt as if we were interrupting. Our family will visit the cemetery again on Veterans Day.

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