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1000 Yard Stare

Depicting the 1,000 yard stare in the soldiers eyes this design represents the image we see in an old photograph, or from an old war time movie.
Remember, they fought the war in Colour, but we only got see it in Black and White. This one was designed for the Soldiers and their memories and for the unseen injuries of war.
Some people have told me that their Father or Grand Father never spoke of the war, believe me there is a reason. I have heard stories from the war that I never thought I would hear and after hearing some of them I wish I never did.
I was told by one Gentleman, "You've never seen fire works like that" I asked him how old he was at the time, 19 he replied as he cried as he named all of his friends that died.
This one is for the boys!

The Back reads like this.

The 1,000 Yard Stare

The 1,000 or 2,000 yard stare was a symptom of battlefield stress and exhaustion. Many soldiers of World War II would fall victim to the stare after numerous days of endless combat. During the war, the 1,000 yard stare was coined to describe the unfocused gaze of a battle weary soldier, who would become unresponsive and stare 1,000 yards off.

The stare is characteristic of Battle Fatigue Syndrome which is related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The 1,000 yard stare is a symptom displayed by soldiers, who have succumbed to the shock and the trauma that allows the mind to distance itself from the experiences that are too much for the psyche to process, at the time. It is a normal reaction to such abnormal circumstances. Remember, what a soldier has lived through is branded on their very souls. It is hard to fathom how they dealt with, or reacted to, all of the things that they saw, felt, heard, smelt, touched, and tasted, not even mentioning what they had to do just to survive. How much could a human being endure?

Today the World War II generation is leaving us at the rate of a thousand a day. The generation that gave so much to each of us, and to the world, is quietly receding into the pages of history. Just remember, they did what they did so others may liveā€¦.

Never Forget to Thank a Veteran!

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