Nicki Bunting is featured in this article on MSNBC about a group who has started collecting the items that are left on the graves of our fallen soldiers to avoid the items being trashed. Here is the link to the story:
Until I read this story, it never occurred to me about what would happen to the items that were left on a grave. It makes sense that in Arlington, of all places, they would want to keep it looking as pristine as possible. But the idea that items left were just thrown away in the past is heartbreaking. I can’t even imagine how the families felt about that.
Now, hopefully, that will be a thing of the past. How amazing it would be to be able to have some of these items on display in a museum honoring the fallen of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I think Nicki said it best when she commented that it has more of an impact when you see something or read a letter that a child has left. Regardless of what you may feel about the war or even about our military, your heart must go out to those who have been left behind and particularly the children.
Nicki, as always, continues to be an inspiration to those of us who hope we never have to walk in her shoes and the many who unfortunately know exactly what she is going through as a Gold Star Wife.