Laura Margaret Walker 6/16/1981-8/18/2005
In the summer of 1989, our family moved across country to Northern Virginia. That and the following summer stick out among the best I've spent; the
novelty, the gang of neighborhood kids who played capture the flag at night, the fireflies, and especially my neighbor, Laura, made for a good and
Our neighbor and landlord was a four-star general, had a fort of a home with a walled in yard and swimming pool, and grandkids just my brother's and
my age. His granddaughter Laura and I became fast friends; my first good friend since moving, and we spent countless hours together creating a secret
language to use in front of our brothers, codes for messages, crimping our hair, making a telephone with string and cans to communicate across the
yard at night (I don't remember that one working, lol), catching fireflies and playing with fireworks, swimming, and gorging on blackberries from the
yard then watching Predator.
I remember her smile most of all, but she was just an extraordinary and talented kid. I lost touch with her once we moved and only heard of her again
after her death.
I post this link as evidence of some of the good and important work done in Afghanistan. Laura, who took the following pictures 15 days before her
death, wrote articles about our military building roads to facilitate travel, commerce, and routes to polls before a local election.
(Captioned, I believe, by Laura Walker)
August 3, 2005 - Army engineers from Alaska-based Company C, 864th Engineer Combat Battalion, level a portion of the nearly completed 117-kilometer
TK Road, stretching from Kandahar to Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan. The road will link vast, difficult-to-access portions of the country, fostering commerce
and facilitating travel to election polling sites next month.
It feels like a good time to honor the good work and sacrifices made for the people of Afghanistan. I know that not all US military presence there
benefited the people, but certainly most of it did.
Please read the link below to learn more about Laura Walker's extraordinary life. From academic to athletic (had a chance at joining the Olympic
handball team but chose the military instead) to personal and creative achievements, Laura fit an entire lifetime into her 24 years.
edit on 21-8-2021 by zosimov because: (no reason given)