Vern and Imogene Clark are honoring our soldiers the best way they know. They have their yard set up as a memorial to honor our war dead and soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. These guys and girls risk and give up their lives every day to keep us safe. We should honor and give thanks to our soldiers as they go back for a second, third and fourth tour of duty.
Vern and Imogene Clark of Acworth, Georgia set up a Memorial in their front yard to honor our American troops fighting and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan.Vern and Imogene Clark live on Kemp Bridge Road in Acworth, Ga. It used to be a somewhat isolated road until a Super Wal-Mart opened near by. Now hundreds of cars are in and out every day. A large banner in the Clark’s yard reads,” Pray For Our Heroes and Thank Them.” and two smaller ones list the number of causalities, one reading,”3/11 victim toll , the other one updated several times a week tracks the number of our troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. 300 small American flags have the names of our troops who were killed with a connection to Georgia. Many more small flags have been placed by passers-by and visitors from all parts of the country.
“Politics or the president doesn’t matter” said Vern Clark.” The men and women dying in the war are the ones who matter.” The people leave notes, wine and flowers all the time. We couldn’t take it down if we wanted to.”
the Acworth Mayor said the yard is an inspiration to him and a proud part of Acworth’s landscape.” I ride by it every day. It’s a reminder to me and the community of the sacrifices that are made for us. Every time I’m in the car with someone, and we see it, they always comment on what a powerful statement it makes.
Vern served in the Gulf war and his daughter served in the military.” War changes you. It changed Vern. I don’t care who you voted for or who you will vote for, I just care that you care about these soldiers.” said Imogene.
The Clarks knew that had made a public statement when they held a Memorial Day cookout for some of their friends. The decorations had only been up a few days. “We had about 70 people come to the party and 20 or 30 we didn’t know.” Vern Clark said. They just stopped by to say thanks, and we invited them to stay. We had people come by and bring us wine that didn’t want to bother us at the party, but please take this.
A few people have left less than flattering notes, and people have pulled up in the yard and asked: Why? It’s a question the Clarks welcome. They just want to honor our Heroes who are fighting, and dying for all of us who are safe at home They want us to say thank you.
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