A Solitary Moment with the Preacher

rememberence plaque

How much does a child understand the world around them? They see news and stories on TV about the services, Army, Navy, Air Force and others. How much do they understand what sacrifices are made by these people in real life? They have much to learn, and wonderful insights putting the pieces together.

The Memorial Plaque

One Sunday morning, the preacher noticed little Billy was staring up at the plaque that hung in the foyer of the church. It was covered with names and small American flags were mounted on either side of it. The seven-year-old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the preacher walked up, stood beside the little boy, and said quietly: "Good morning, Billy."

"Good morning, Preacher," replied the young man, still focused on the plaque.

"Preacher, what is this?"

"Well, son, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who died while in the service."

Soberly, they stood together, staring at the plaque.

Little Billy's voice was barely audible when he asked:

"Which service, the 9:45 or the 11:00?"

boy thinking and wondering

WW2 War Memorial Wash DC

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