There are teddy bears & high school rings
& old photographs that mamas bring
That daddies with their young boys, playing ball.
There’s combat boots that he used to wear,
When he was sent over there.
There’s 50,000 names carved in the wall
There’s cigarettes, & theres cans of beer
& notes that say I miss you dear
& children who don’t say anything at all.
There’s purple hearts and packs of gum
fatherless daughters and fatherless sons
& there’s 50,000 names carved in the wall
They come from all across this land
In pickup trucks and mini vans
Searching for a boy from long ago
They scan the wall and find his name
The teardrops fall like pouring rain
& silently they leave a gift and go
There’s stars of David & rosary beads
& crucifixion figurines
& flowers of all colors large and small
There’s a Boy Scout badge and a merit pin
Little American flags waving in the wind
& there’s 50,000 names carved in the wall.
IN 1997, JAMIE O’HARA COMPOSED AND RECORDED
“50,000 NAMES CARVED IN THE WALL.”
GEORGE JONES ADDED THE SONG TO HIS
2001 ALBUM “STONE COLD COUNTRY.”
NO ONE CAN HEAR THE WORDS OF THIS SONG WITHOUT SENSING THE GREAT LOSS OF THE SOLDIERS, AND THE PAIN THEIR FAMILIES
ENDURE TO THIS DAY.
ACTUALLY, THERE ARE NOW 58,249 ON THIS WALL. This number can change every Memorial day if the Department of Veterans Affairs receives additional information.
THERE WERE 153,303 WOUNDED IN THIS WAR. TROOPS THAT WERE SEVERELY DISABLED, TOTALLED MORE THAN 80,000.