War is hell. Every mother (as well as other family members) lives in constant fear of a visit from the military when they have a son or daughter in the service. One of the women who is active at the church where I work lost her 20 year old son when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq a few weeks ago. I have been involved in the planning of the services for this young man, but really wanted to do something more concrete as a memorial to him. The American Soldier Memorial Project is an effort by stitchers to make a memorial piece for the families of our fallen servicemen and women. I will be stitching this piece in memory of Pfc William "Will" Newgard.
Once it is finished and framed, it will be presented to his family. They can choose to keep in their home, or have it hung at the church or in the Illinois state capital.
If you would like more information about the American Soldier Memorial Project, please visit their website: http://crossstitch.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=crossstitch&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fgeocities.com%2Famericansoldiermemorialproject%2F