Good Morning Sir,
Unfortunately the list is still not completed. i'm going to try to get excused from "Safety Training day" so that i can continue compiling the list. If I don't get permission to work on it during day, it will be done by the night. I believe we should be close to completed. I haven't heard the status from the others, but i know that 2008 and 2009 were still unassigned awaiting someone to finish their assigned year. I've been working diligently on 2004 and it seems to be the highest KIA count year. We are working around the clock and trying to get you this ASAP. Thank you for allowing us to be involved in such an honorable memorial service, sir.
PFC Anish S. Parmar
Words fail me.
Many thanks to Jeff and Sam for sponsoring some of this work.
I can't find the little tool that allows me to insert fotos into the blog. I dropped off our 30th gallon of paint on Thursday at DLI. The kids have been handpainting every stake and stacking them next to the old barns by the Goodwill dropoff point off Pvt Bolio Road just above Fisherman's Wharf. They are stacked five or six deep to dry.....and completely surround all the surface areas of all the buildings in the area.
I was just returning from burying my buddy.....and spending a long, emotional, sleepless night with his family.......but seeing all of those stakes starting to morph into representations of actual souls of our lost young people is overwhelming.
We have two ex-Mayors of Carmel in our Monday inventory......and a poet/professor ACLU observer.....and a platoon of current Army volunteers led by a greivously wounded West Point grad who confers with Obama semi-weekly.....and we are walking the fine line between asking for help from our public and clinging to the shreds of secrecy that will allow us to pull this off......
Former Mayor Jean Grace tells me that Carmel Beach is 18 acres. Our project gives a square meter to each dead soul....a total of one and a quarter acres......less than ten percent. One would hope that the City of Carmel could give up 8 percent of its beach for eight hours one day out of the year to honor the sacrifice of our lost service folk.
But....you never know.