CultDJour

CHAPTER 28

ILL27
 
  Cult Illustration #27, ball point pen on paper, 11" x 8.5"

 
 
This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.


 

 


The First Day, Very Red

 

It was a new school year and the first subbing assignment for Ms. X. She entered, refreshed. No one greeted her, but she smiled and said hello anyway to the faces she recognized. She came to the place where the glass case held little green plastic soldiers, standing erect in their postures, but the thing looked different now. The whole exhibit had been expanded, the case enlarged, a 10 foot wall behind it was embellished with a border of little flags, red, white, and blue, and many large photos of serious young men and women in snappy caps and uniforms. Their names and graduating years were posted beneath each photo along with the date of their demise. She stopped to study the familiar faces.

 

Another addition to the exhibit was a sign reading: THIS DIPLAY IS NOT INTENDED AS A POLITICAL STATEMENT OF WHAT IS RIGHT OR WRONG WITH WHATS GOING ON IN IRAQ. THIS IS ONLY TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY TO THEIR COUNTRY. IT IS ABOUT PEOPLE NOT POLITICS, ABOUT HONOR, DUTY, AND THE MEN AND WOMEN. . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

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