May 5, 2009

WW - Coincidence!

Last month my daughter, Reid visited Washington DC with her 8th grade class.  One of the stops on their whirl wind trip was the Vietnam Memorial Wall

There are 58,260 names craved on the black granite wall of the memorial.  While looking at all of the names Reid became intrigued by the tiny plus marks (that look like crosses) that she saw next to some of the soldiers names.  She wanted to remember the tiny crosses so she zoomed in for a close up.

Not only did she capture the plus sign, and her reflection, but she also captured the name of a solider that was the father of a friend's friend.

Our friend Matt's college roommate was the son of one of the names in this picture that Reid took.  Matt's daughter Erin was looking at the picture when she recognized the name. 

A few degrees of separation, but out of 58,260 names on the wall, Reid finds the one name that her best friends dad knows.  What are the odds of that happening?  I find strange coincidences like that so twilight zone-ish!

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The pluses marks that appear next to some of the soldiers names indicate that they are missing.  The diamond's mean that they have passed away and are accounted for.  The pluses can be turned into a diamond if the soldier is found.

40 comments:

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

That is amazing...that is also a great picture!!!

sara said...

wow, that is really cool. And it is an awesome picture!

Mommy24cs said...

That gave me chills! How amazing! My son is going to DC next week with his 8th grade class. He's looking forward to going to the Vietnam Memorial because he's really big into anything dealing with the military :o)

Valerie said...

ooh! goosebumps.

So what do the crosses mean for this memorial?

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Muthering Heights said...

That's pretty cool!

Cecily R said...

Wow. That's an amazing story!

Michelle said...

The plus marks indicate if a solider is still missing. The diamonds mean that they are accounted for and have passed away. If a missing solider is found then they can turn the plus into a diamond.

Ms. Latina said...

Love the pic! I bet her best friends dad must have been as amazed as she was! Love your blog and yes I understand having a teen. They grow so fast but will always be our babies ... I say that to mine all the time! Take care - see you next week!

Casey's trio said...

Wow! What an amazing picture....catching her reflection like that is awesome. And what a coincidence!

Lindsay said...

VERY cool.

Simply AnonyMOM said...

Crazy that she found that name!

BEAUTIFUL picture!

Brenda said...

That is a pretty amazing coincidence! I have been to that wall as well, its pretty touching.

MommaD said...

what an amazing pic to keep forever!

scrappysue said...

spooky!!!

NateAndJakesMom said...

Kinda gives me goose bumps.. but in a good way. What a neat picture all around.

Lace said...

Woooowww. I find these kinds of things freaky deaky too! So neat! & It's a beautiful picture on top of that!

Alicia said...

Wow!!!!!!!!!!! That is an amazing story!!!! What a story your daughter had for her class!

Run DMT said...

That's amazing! Cool pic too!

Happy WW!

Hootin' Anni said...

I've been there, I've seen this. It's a wonderful, but oh so sad ['cause I lost a boyfriend in the V N war....and his name is on the panels]


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Momma@Live. Laugh. Pull your hair out said...

WOW! And a double wow for the great picture!

Elaine A. said...

Wow, that IS "twilight zone-ish!" I'm really, I'm a little freaked out right now!

Great picture and great WW!

Upstatemomof3 said...

Pretty neat (and a little weird). Did you ever find out why some soldiers have crosses next to their names? I would love to know. Maybe I will google it later.

Rachael said...

that is incredible, it gave me goosebumps! what a wonderful picture!

mommaof4wife2r said...

awesome...and proving god doesn't say "uh oh"...

Jen said...

this is really, really cool. it just goes to show that all things happen for a reason.

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

wow that is amazing

Susie said...

That is unbelievable! Great picture:-)

Shannon said...

Ooooo... I'm hearing the theme music in my head right not!

Amy McMean a.k.a McSunshine said...

Wow that is very twilight zone-ish. But very cool.

Kristi said...

Such a small world! Cool coincidence!

Kimber said...

What an awesome coincidence. Very cool photo too.

Jenni Jiggety said...

That is a very COOL coincidence! And a beautiful picture, too!

angie said...

That's totally crazy. I love her reflection in the wall!

Live.Love.Eat said...

THAT is simply incredible!!!!!!

nikkicrumpet said...

It's a great picture....and an amazing thing that she would capture that particular place on the wall!

itsahumanzoo said...

Wow, that is pretty amazing. It's a small world. :)
My WW Post :)

The Blonde Duck said...

That's so cool!

Jenners said...

That is amazing! And I love that photo. I found the Vietnam Memorial to be so powerful ... I remember visiting with my mom and just being overcome... all those names and then seeing yourself reflected in it. I'm not surprised something like that happened ... it is a very special place and powerful things happen there.

Lindsay said...

That is spooky how that turned out!

The traveling memorial was in our town back in November, and it was so neat! My husband had wanted to go and rub the names of people he knew from his town but we didn't get a chance.

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