One war, one family, two sons…
Linked to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare.
Wonderful choice, Judy.
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Beautiful, sad. And definitely rare.
So sad, Judy. Wonderful photo, but hard to look at.
Not rare enough. Would that there were fewer. What a poignant portrait of loss and pain. So long ago and yet so immediate.
So many feelings. I just want to reach back through the decades and embrace the dear woman who opened this letter for the first time. How could she truly experience joy in anything after that?
It also brings home how fortunate we are to have immediate communication today. Imagine sending two sons to war and enduring silence for months on end – so much distance between you – just hoping each day that a letter like this one will never arrive.
Imagine, too, the person who personally penned this notice. Did he suffer each one individually, or were there so many to write that he finally insulated himself by losing all sense of the meaning?
I just want to cry. And I hope we never, ever have to go to war again.
Your uncles will always be heroes. Handsome, brave ones. God bless them and the country that tends their resting places. I am so glad you were able to find them last year.
Ugh, double the sadness. Wish it were rarer than rare.
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Wow, rare and powerful. Thanks for sharing.
This was a sad but meaningful way to show what “rare” means in your family, Judy. This was truly a sacrifice for this set of parents, siblings and relatives. The ultimate sacrifice of two great heroes!
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Well, a photo speaks a thousand words….this one even more…well done Judy.
Let this be rare and rare in future. Great entry.
Someone already said it but my first thought was “not rare enough.” What a sacrifice this family made–is it your family? Beautiful, poignant interpretation of the theme.
Yes, my grandparents lost their two youngest sons. A family never fully recovers from that type of loss, but I continue to admire their ability to keep moving forward with plenty of love for the rest of the family.
This photo is so heartbreaking it takes your breath away. I too say, not rare enough. It’s impossible not to feel guilty that these two young boys (and thousands like them) died to keep me free. I hope I’ve lived a life that makes their sacrifice not in vain. God bless them and their families. They truly are heroes.
Whenever I post about my uncles, I feel like they are being remembered and not forgotten which is a good thing. It is a strange feeling to handle the photos, documents, and medals without feeling the loss but also the pride at their sacrifice and the strength of my grandparents to keep on living. If only we had learned from those early wars and there hadn’t been any more. Take care, friend.
So sad….I knew about this of course but seeing the Western Union notices is heartbreaking.
There is also one envelope. Isn’t it amazing that they kept it and it is still in pretty good shape. I have a binder full of letters to the War Department. You can follow along and feel the pain and loss.
I just finished reading the Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson about men from a small village leaving their families to do their part in the first world war. It was a beautiful book, but those parts – of the deaths and the family receiving news of the deaths — was searingly painful.
And of course I meant “those parts were searingly painful”. But even more, I meant to say what a powerful picture you shared, Judy. Such loss.How powerful too, that your grandparents were able to find strength and give their love to the others in the family. Sometimes, I can’t believe that – in 2016 – we still have wars.
I could not even imagine how these parents moved on with their lives! Because of them and countless others we live in freedom. ❤️
It looks as though one son had been missing for months before the telegram arrived, which must have been a very difficult time for his parents. So close to the end of the war in Europe too.
Yes, I have a binder full of letters from my grandparents seeking information. It was a trying time for so many families.
This was very sobering. I think Dan said it best for me – beautiful, but at the same time, rather difficult to look at.
It’s very difficult to live with also, but it is certainly a reminder that wars have consequences that the average family is left to deal with.
I read this and the tears run down my face. Makes me realize how really lucky my Grandma was that all 3 of her sons made it back from that war. I can’t imagine what it is what like for them not knowing, there was no internet or cell phones so the not knowing was one of the worst parts. I am glad you have these wonderful keepsakes.
Just touching those Western Union telegrams takes me to another time, and I cannot imagine the pain they felt.
Sad and so moving, lovely response to the challenge.
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