The West Virginia Nation wreath legacy

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All photos Jerod Harman

“Oh we need kindness…

Dateline: West Virginia National Cemetery 

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
– Nelson Henderson

“I mean, db, the wreaths and what we will do with them, it means so…”
– Jerod Harman
West Virginia B.A.S.S. Nation Conservation Director

“…it means so…”

I’m talking with Jerod Harman, he’s driving in West Virginia. I’m sitting in Connecticut.

“…means so…”

He has told me he is a “big ‘ol backwoods redneck factory worker,” even though I never asked. 

“…so…” 

And he is crying.

And he couldn’t get through his emotion to finish the sentence, so I will for him: 

“…much.”

“It means so much.” 

Oh yeah it does, it really does. In fact it transcends fishing, and if you have a heart, and if you have feelings and compassion and this is what it is, what the “much” is about: