In a week that began with spotlighting Rockport artist’s Thi Lin Wernau’s powerful “Wounded Warrior” photo project at Latitude 43, many of Gloucester’s real wounded warriors will be out in force today and Saturday, “selling” their familiar blue Forget-Me-Nots in a benefit for the local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans.
And they deserve your full support, as Gloucester attorney and Vietnam veteran Mark Nestor noted in a letter in Thursday’s Times.
The drive is an annual fund-raiser for Gloucester’s DAV Chapter 74, and while more disabled veterans are sadly being added to the rolls from Afghanistan and elsewhere, it’s notable that fewer and fewer aging wounded warriors, especially from World War I and the Korean War, are around to join in the drive. Yet the chapter’s cause remains urgent, with the money collected in drives such as this going to support the Veterans Administration clinic in Gloucester, and to provide these wounded veterans with recreational, media and other morale and supplemental items for disabled vets — like the purchase of needed computers, for example, for the VA-Bedford Hospital.
As to the Forget-Me-Nots themselves, which have long symbolized America’s wounded war vets and date as such to World War I, what better way to send an important message to those who have sacrificed so much for us.
If you see a disabled vet today or tomorrow, be sure to buy a Forget-Me-Not. Show all of our disabled veterans that we indeed not forget their sacrifice.