I was so fortunate to share many years with not only my grandmother....but also my great-grandmother. And although they were amazing and wonderful women....there was a huge void in their hearts that I never really understood, not until I was a little older.
One thing, both my grandmother and my great-grandmother had in common were the stories that they would share about my Uncle Jack. I would listen, and sometimes their stories would involve tears...but their stories were always loving and sometimes very sad. You see, I never had the chance to meet or get to know my uncle. He was killed 19 days after his 19th birthday in the Korean War. He was the youngest of four, the baby brother to my grandmother.
I will always remember their stories and I especially think about my Uncle Jack on MEMORIAL DAY and Veteran's Day. My grandmother and my great-grandmother are now finally at peace as they are with him in heaven.
How amazing to find out on the weekend of Memorial Day that a memorial park has been designed and is being erected in honor of not only my Uncle Jack but also the 30 other men from Washington County who lost their lives in the Korean War. The dedication of the park will be held on Sunday June 23rd in North Hagerstown at Mealy Parkway.... And what an honor it will be to represent my family and my Uncle Jack Zirkle. Below is a drawing of what the park will look like. The Korean War Veterans Association of Hagerstown has done an amazing job. God Bless You All.