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Moved so deeply by my first visit to 'The Wall' performing for it's 25th Anniversary's Music/Poetry Tribute in loving memory of my cousin, SP4 Guy Lamar Mears, Jr. & reading his name.
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" At This Wall " - A Tribute in song

Inspired by my first visit to ...

"The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Wall"

In Loving Memory of my cousin ...

SP4 Guy Lamar Mears, Jr.
KIA - Vietnam
Oct. 17, 1970

Panel - " 6 West-Line 5 "

In Oct. 2007, I was finally able to visit " The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall " in Washington, D.C ... for the first time to pay my respects to SP4 Guy Lamar Mears, Jr.

It had been 37 years since the loss of my cousin in the Vietnam war.

Guy was tragically killed in action just weeks before coming home from Vietnam, in Oct. 1970...read the brief account below of SP4 Mear's heroic act & orders of President, the U.S.Army awarding Guy The Distinguished Service Cross, in addition to The Purple Heart.

Department of the Army, General Orders No. 23 (May 30, 1972)
Home Town: Rockmart, Georgia

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Guy Lamar Mears, Jr Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with 254th Medical Detachment, 45th Medical Company, 44th Medical Brigade, 1st Logistics Command.
Specialist Four Mears distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 17 October 1970.

On that date Specialist Mears was serving as a crew chief aboard a medical evacuation helicopter near Tuy Hoa, Republic of Vietnam.

The helicopter in which Specialist Mears was serving as a crew member exploded and started burning as a result of enemy fire.

Specialist Mears escaped from the burning aircraft unharmed, but when he discovered the pilot of the aircraft remained trapped inside he re-entered the fiercely burning aircraft at the risk of his life in order to save the lives of fellow crew members.

Specialist Mears continued his brave rescue attempt with total disregard for his own safety until he became incapacitated by mortal burns.

Specialist Mears' conspicuous gallantry, extraordinary heroism, and intrepidity at the cost of his own life are in the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflect great credit on him, and the United States Army.

Department of the Army, General Orders No. 23 (May 30, 1972)
Home Town: Rockmart, Georgia

Now, 37 years later, to finally be at " The Wall " was such an overwhelming experience ... all the emotions of the loss of Guy came rushing back, as Larry & I made our way down to Guy's panel on " The Wall, " panel " 6 West-Line 5 " ... now, forever etched in my heart & soul ... through his song, inspired out of my loving memory of Guy.

Visiting " The Wall " is an overwhelming, humbling experience to all ... especially for those of us who have lost a loved one who's name is on that wall, the families of those having paid the ultimate sacrifice.

As I laid a photo of Guy, lyrics to the song his memory inspired, and, a CD containing his song at the base of his panel, I was once again overcome with grief.

As I tried to dry my tears, I gently felt a "tug" at my side, turning, I was gazing into a precious little girls tender eyes ... I was, no doubt in my mind... being,
"Touched by an Angel" at that moment ... as this precious child began to speak, she told me ..." I'm sorry someone you loved had to get hurt."

I thought surely, a parent must have told her that I lost someone & to "be kind" ... but, I quickly realized her mother had no idea what she was doing, or, why.

Her geniune words of comfort had come straight from such a pure heart ... seeing me grieve, she lovingly reached out & offered comforting words to me, this child ... a total stranger ... I was SO touched!

As I told her about my cousin, I witnessed first hand, the healing power of " The Wall " to all who visit there, " when they come."... for, we all grieve together, we ALL are moved by the experience ... whether you were a veteran, or, knew someone on " The Wall " or not, or had lost a loved one ... and, I became acutely aware of " The Wall's " ability to teach future generations about the war, the loss & the suffering of so many families.

Then, the following month, I had the honor of being invited to perform the song my cousin's loving memory inspired, actually at " The Wall " live.

It was the most overwhelming thing I've ever done, an honor, and, yet ... SO heartbreaking ... it was on such an extemely cold, damp, windy evening...and, just a few days later, I also participated in the " Reading of the names "... on a frigid Saturday evening.

Afterwards, again grieving... I placed another photo & info about my cousin at the base of his panel for all to see ... and, as I looked around me ... there seemed to be ... everywhere,
" Tears, falling ... like rain. "

Then, after returning home the next week ... on Nov. 18, 2007 ... as I sat at my piano,
" As the tears fell " ... I was again moved so deeply by my visits to " The Wall " ... and, my thoughts gave birth to a new song ...

" At This Wall " - ( I Came Here To See You ) ... written, as if the wall itself were speaking ... " A Wall As Witness " ... " to us all, a nation ... in pain. "

As you listen to this Tribute, I pray it move your heart & soul, inspire you to visit ...
" The Wall " to experience the presence of all whose name's it bears, it's healing ... and, pay your respects to bring Honor to ALL those who laid down their lives, for us all.

Also, Coming soon ... "A Wall As Witness" ... The Documentary Film ...
produced by Rusty Farst.

In this moving and inspiring documentary, Rusty captures the Vietnam Wall in a way that no one has ever done before. Rusty shows The Wall from its own perspective and gives the viewer a chance to see what The Wall experiences.

It has been called the wall that heals.

"A Wall As Witness" personifies The Wall like no other film has done before. Experience from within as though you have become the granite itself.

You have seen drawings and enhanced photographs of the soldiers in The Wall, but this film takes a look from within, the reflective image that looks outward into the hearts of those that visit.


Experience The Wall from it's own perspective, to what is brought before it by those most affected. The pain, the silence, the anger of loss, the promise of healing and the struggle to continue.


"A Wall As Witness" examines three insights to the experience of healing.



Wall Awareness


War Awareness


Self Awareness

Film producer Rusty Farst ... Rusty started his video career in 1990 with the formation of JawsProductions, an underwater film company based on Sanibel Island, Florida.

His talented cinematography has afforded him expeditions with both National Geographic and Karst Productions, Inc.

His work has been purchased and used by the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Magazine, and NOAA.

Although Rusty's underwater footage has been marketed and sold internationally, his topside interviewing techniques with the scuba divers is what brings the human element to his films.
It is with the sincerest appreciation, honor & respect of ALL those who's names are on the wall, out of loving memory of my cousin Guy ... that I have agreed to share my songs from my heart on the soundtrack to this movie.

In Loving memory of my cousin, SP4 Guy Lamar Mears, Jr. ...

" At This Wall " - ( I Came Here To See You )
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" At This Wall "
( I Came Here To See You )


( Spoken Intro )

It's quiet here ... among the tears
Falling ... like rain,
" A Wall As Witness "
A witness ... of ... Undying love
As a nation ... heals ... her pain.

It's quiet here ... and ... with every tear
Another battle's ... won,
Painful pasts ... fade ... at last
" At This Wall " ... when they come.

( Verses Begin )

It's quiet here ...
But, I often hear ... the shuffling of their feet.
I can smell ... the lovely flowers
And, I love the gifts ... laid ... at my feet.


I can see the tears begin ... to flow
As you fall ... on bended knee,
I see you found ... my name
And, Yes I know ... you came here ... to see me.


And, I ... I can see you, hear you, feel you ... gently
" Touch my name "
Don't stop the tears from ... falling
They'll help ... to ease your pain.


And, " I came here ... to see you "
Yes, I'm in a better place
And, you're not just looking at ... a name,
"At This Wall" ... we're face to face.


* * *

It's quiet here ... among the tears
Falling ... like rain,
" A Wall As Witness " ... to us all
A nation ... in pain.


* * *

And, It's quiet here ...
But, I can often hear ... the shuffling soldier's feet,
As they come to see their loved ones ... too
And, one's ... they did not meet.


I can see how they ... struggle
As you struggle ... to be ... free,
From all the pain ...of war ... remembered
As you grieve ... beneath our feet.

( Music Interlude )

It's quiet here, now ... " Day is done "
No more shuffling ... soldier's feet,
Battle's over ... Wounds were healed ... "At This Wall"
Where our names ..." Rest ... there's Peace."


And, It's quiet here ...
And, Sometimes, I can ... only hear ... the wind.
But, I knew you'd remember me ...
So, " I came here to see you " ... again.



(Copyright - Nov. 18, 2007)
Susan D. Wiseman - " The Tribute Lady "
www.TheTributeLady.com


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