As we approached the panel containing his name and those of his buddies,
a laminated picture of Paul. It was his high school graduation picture.
best nf my knowledge, only family members, a few close friends of
and editor Sharon
Dickerson ever had his photo. I had given it to Sharon to be used
wrote about Paul, and I knew Sharon was also in D.C. for the dedication
the memorial. The picture, along with a single rose, and a miniature
of the Three Soldiers
were arranged at the base of the panel. This gesture meant the world
someone else would care enough about Paul to leave these items! I
I would be certain to thank Sharon next time I saw her.
Shortly after returning from D.C., I wrote Sharon a note to thank her for leaving the picture at The Wall. She responded that it was not her who had left the photo.
To this day, I do not know who did, and I have spent 18 months trying
So few of these pictures are available, and this was an
"original", meaning it had to have
been a picture Paul gave to someone. But who? I am certain a family
leave it. I know that no one who knew Paul from our hometown was
And I now know Sharon did not leave it.
Strange as it may seem, I like to think Paul left that picture. It was the first time his mother had seen her son's grave marker (for that is what we consider The Wall to be); the rose was for her, and the statue of the three soldiers was perhaps his way of telling us all four are O.K. I simply can find no other explanation for this mystery. So, until someone can prove otherwise to me, this is how I like to think of those special items left at The Wall.
Jeanie Hasenbeck Daly City, CA