Memorials, that we shouldn't forget ...
Two constellations are depicted in bas-relief ,
the winged horse, Pegasus and Pisces the fish.
In the the city of San Francisco, in a grove of Monterey pine and cypress trees overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is a curved wall of native granite stone, a memorial for World War II Missing Soldiers.
"INTO THY HANDS, O LORD"
Last fall I stopped and read some of the 413 names of those who were lost or buried at sea in U.S. Pacific waters between 1941 and 1945. This Memorial was erected in 1960.
And now among us are younger vets from tours in Afghanistan and Iraq...and their families....and their families.
Recently I took a continuing education class on the spectrum of PTSD disorders:
* Acute Stress Reaction
** Acute Stress Disorder
*** Acute Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
**** Chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
"Post-trauma risks include poor social support and life stress. A greater risk for developing Chronic PTSD may be conveyed by post-trauma factors (e.g., lack of social support and additional life stress) than pre-trauma factors. " This is a bottom line conclusion from the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Management of Post-traumatic Stress.
So the take home message for all us who want to have a right response to those who have experienced real trauma is that the love, support, understanding,respect, admiration and opportunity that a person has after big trauma has more bearing on how they will ultimately do then who they were before the trauma.
The statue at the San Francisco Memorial represents a poetic and historical female personification of the United States, the woman Columbia.
She has a lot of work to do...don't we?
MEMORIAL from late Latin memoriale ‘record, memory, monument,’ from Latin memorialis ‘serving as a reminder,’ from memoria ‘memory.’