My name is Logan Leedham and I am a junior at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. All the AP English 3 classes are doing a project in remembrance of soldiers who died in the Vietnam war. I am making a memorial for Dennis Kenneth O'Connor. The project is to make a slideshow or movie in honor of their life and service. The school has been doing this project for about 4 years and there's been quite a database collected. You can see it at http://www4.eanesisd.net/~
Sincerely, Logan Leedham
Here's what I wrote back to Logan:
You are doing a fine thing. I didn't know Sergeant O'Connor, but I remember when he died. I was a young college kid, about 20 or 21. I got a call from my mom. She was crying. She'd heard a radio report about Dennis O'Connor dying in Viet Nam. She couldn't help but feel, for a moment, what a mother feels a son had been killed.
Mom and I had a good talk that day.
Later after the wall had been constructed, I found his spot on the memorial. I remember running my fingertips over my name... his name, and being thankful for the life I had and so sad for the life lost to the war.
Now, every time I go to Washington DC I visit the wall and remember my namesake.
I hope this little story helps you. I hope your slide show is done with Powerpoint! If so, I'd love to see a copy. I'll post it on one of my blogs. Regardless, I'll link to your project online!
Good luck with your work!