08/06/2016 by syrbal-labrys
My husband’s recent interactions at the Tacoma Veterans’ Center has been positive. So much so that I finally found the courage to again welcome the public to the Walk of the Fallen Memorial Labyrinth with the following invitation:
In May 2003 when President George W. Bush declared “Victory” in the war on Iraq, As Vietnam era veterans, we felt we hadn’t seen the end of the war nor the casualties that would continue to rise.
My wife began planning for a memorial to honor the increasing number of servicemen and women we were losing each month. In August 2003 we selected a spot in our back yard and began laying down the stone path. By the time we finished the memorial construction we laid in almost four tons of sandstone from a nearby quarry in Wilkerson, WA. The center stone arrived and was put in place by a forklift.
The Walk of the Fallen is a seven circuit Cretan Labyrinth, unfortunately it is not wheelchair accessible. It is in rough stone and a good walking meditation for the fully concentrating walker.
The center stone in the spring and summer carries a full load of beads counting the dead men and woman of the United States and Coalition forces. These stones are peace and memory. They can absorb grief and anger and let the walker leave it behind.
We are a family of veterans who served in the Vietnam Era, during the Gulf wars, and Afghanistan. You are welcome to walk the Labyrinth.
I admit, it seems particularly poignant to send this invitation just as more tragic data on veteran suicides is tabulated.