A Poem of Gratitude
It has been far too long since our last post on the Graffiti of War blog but to those who have been following us over the past decade, we offer our renewed focus for the next ten years of the Graffiti of War! As a tribute to our renewed efforts, we wanted to show our gratitude and what better way then to share a poem by one of our newest fans, Merissa Kelley.
Merissa is the daughter of a hero as her father, Stephen Kelley, served both in the Army as well as the Air Force. He was drafted during World War II and served four years and then spent 26 years in the Air Force, retiring from Langley AFB in 1974. Merissa, a true military brat, spent time in multiple bases from Texas to Alaska, Mississippi and Nebraska, from Germany to Taiwan, following her father's assignments across the globe. She states, "I am honored to be a well-traveled Air Force Brat!"
In addition to being the daughter of a veteran, she is also a mother, as her son Ryan served in the National Guard, deploying to Iraq from 2006-07. Due to her intimate knowledge of veterans and their service, Merissa understands the sacrifice, the duty, the honor, and the service our men and women dedicate their lives to on a daily basis. With this in mind, she wrote a poem as tribute to all military veterans to ensure they know their service is rememberd, their sacrifices are respected, valued and appreciated. In her words, "this poem is just a small way to express that".
We wanted to share this poem with our fans and the millions of men and women within the military and veteran communities. This project is dedicated to those who have served and continue to serve and most of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country we all call home. We want to thank Merissa for sharing this with us and we encourage all of our fans to send us their creations for us to share with the world. Thank you, Merissa, for your heartfelt poem!
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