Thursday, November 24, 2022

Thanksgiving 2022

Just a quick Thanksgiving wish this morning.

Take time, today, to consider all that you have for which to be grateful. 

This may well vary widely for each of us. For many, it may be family, or health, or wealth, or a hundred other things, but if you follow this project it should, also, be for the men and women who pledge their lives to protect.

And, all of those listed on The Wall and elsewhere, here, and in the 24 cemeteries around the world where our brothers and sisters rest.

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So, have a great Thanksgiving, but take that minute to remember those who are no longer with us and those who are far from home and their families, and be thankful.

Next time, on the 29th, we will revisit Iowa, so meet me there, as usual, at 9:00am.

To see Vietnam memorials from any state, please click on the state name on the left side of this page.

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!

Friday, November 18, 2022

Indiana XII

Well, first off let me say that the poster featured in my Veterans Day post did not post correctly. I have no idea why as it looks perfect in my view. I have tried to adjust it to no avail, so click on the link in the post and you will be able to see it (and many others as it should appear.)

Today, we return to Terra Haute, Indiana for a look at the face in their memorial. See the original post here.

The memorial here honors all but especially the 27 from the surrounding five counties.

This guy represents them all.

I see resignation in this face or perhaps a realization that this is not going well. It always amazes me what an artist can do with the materials the work in.

I have read that there is an effort to move this memorial to a new location. I have not determined that it has actually happened. If I find out, one way or the other, I will surely up date you.

Next time, on the 24th, look for a Thanksgiving wish, as always at 9:00am.

To see additional memorials from Indiana, or any other state, please click the state name on the left side of this page.

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!

Sunday, November 13, 2022

40 years ago today

 The Vietnam memorial in Washington DC was dedicated, on this day, 40 years ago.


I was there.

 




I know The Three Servicemen was added later, but...


So, next time, as previously promised we will take a look at a face from the memorial in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Check it out at 9:00am, as always,

To see Vietnam memorials from any state, please click the state name on the left side of this page.

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!

Friday, November 11, 2022

Veterans Day 2022

https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/poster/22poster_lowres.jpg

 
This seems to be an appropriate time to post this reminder.
 
Armed forces Day, the third Saturday of May and it honors those serving.

Memorial Day, Last Monday in May and it honors those that died while serving.

Veterans Day  November 11th and it honors all who served.

Next time, on the 16th, we will return to Indiana, so join me there at 9:00am.

You can see and/or download this poster and many others here.

To see Vietnam memorials from any state, please click the state name on the left side of this page.

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Hawai'i'

Something a little bit different today.

As you know, if you follow this site with any regularity, that I am really big on sharing faces. Usually those faces come from statues or artwork of some kind representing those who gave so much, often everything, in our efforts in Vietnam.

Most often these faces in the series I call "Faces of Remembrance" come from a statue or some other artwork, from the inanimate,

I got looking at some of my picture from the dedication of the new memorial in Hawai'i' and realized they were full of pictures of actual faces of heroes.

So, today, here are a few of them. A few more another time.

Mary Jacob

Mary is not a vet but she is the creator of the Vietnam memorial at The Punchbowl.



Max Cleland

Max is the only one of these pics that I can swear is a 'Nam vet. If you don't know his story, I cannot recommend highly enough that you look in to it. He is a true American hero (though he would cringe at that) and an inspiration to all. I had the honor of meeting and spending some time with him in Hawai'i' and later nearer to my home. Amazing story, amazing man.

Next time, Veterans Day, I will try to have something special to post. Check it out at 11:11am.

To see additional memorials from Hawai'i', or any other state, please click the state name on the left side of this page.

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!

Monday, October 31, 2022

Georgia XXII

Back in 2017 I shared some pics from my visit to Ft. Gordon and the surrounding area. One of those smaller memorials was in Columbus, a community show of gratitude and love to those who served and were lost.

You can see that original post here.

In keeping with my ongoing, and seemingly growing, effort to highlight the faces seen on my journeys, the ones I call Faces of Remembrance, I returned today to that small, local, memorial and am sharing the faces from it that represent all who served.



These faces, as is the usual way, seem to be of no particular persons. Artist most often do this to avoid legal hassles down the road. Sometimes the faces or statues are a composite of several people, but I could find no indication that this was true in this case. Imagine if someday someone said "Hey, that's me and I want to be paid"or to have it taken down. What a mess that could be.

Next time, on November 5th, we will revisit Hawai'i', so join me there, as usual, at 9:00am.

To see additional memorials from Georgia, or any other state, please click on the state name on the left side of this page.

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Delaware XXII Families of the Fallen

No pictures today which I think is a first, but I wanted you to know about this and I was asked to respect the privacy of those who might be utilizing this facility.
 
When I made my last post from Delaware, I had intended to visit the Campus for Families of the Fallen. Those of us of a certain age well remember the pictures of flag covered caskets returning to Dover AFB.
 
There were no facilities then. And, it remained this way for many years until President Obama decided it should change, that families needed to be welcomed and included. 
 
Well, as it turns out that my visit was not possible. The Campus is reserved for ONLY those who are grieving, no other visitors allowed.
 
This information was copied directly from the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations page.

https://www.mortuary.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/456023/the-campus-for-the-families-of-the-fallen/

April 23, 2020

The Campus for the Families of the Fallen

The Campus for the Families of the Fallen consists of three main areas: the Center for Families of the Fallen, the Fisher House for Families of the Fallen and the Meditation Pavilion. The facilities are designed to provide families with an area of privacy, comfort and support while they are at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, to witness the dignified transfer of their loved one.

Center for Families of the Fallen
The Center for Families of the Fallen was dedicated by Former Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Norton A. Schwartz Jan. 6, 2010.

The 6,339 square foot renovated facility includes segregated areas and rooms for families to use for privacy and separation, a cafe area with snacks and beverages, a meditation room, baby changing stations in both restrooms, a private nursing area in the women's restroom, a children's activity room with a chalkboard wall, games and toys and a separate area with TVs and gaming systems.   

Schwartz and his wife, Suzie, attended a dignified transfer in June 2009 and recognized the need for a facility with enhanced support to families. Families were originally hosted at the Spiritual Operations Center on the residential side of Dover AFB, which was a chaplain's administration building.

In July 2009, the 436th Airlift Wing made a previous Army and Air Force Exchange Service facility, originally slated for demolition, available for the project. A contract for construction was awarded Sept. 30, 2009 and construction began Nov. 6, 2009. Approximately 6 weeks later, the center was outfitted with furnishings and fixtures.

A Memorial Garden was gifted to the Air Force for the center in May 2011 by the Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs to provide an outdoor sanctuary for families.

The Friends of the Fallen, a private, non-profit organization, support the dignified transfer mission with volunteers who attend to the basic needs of a family prior to witnessing the dignified transfer.

More than 9,000 family members and their accompanying military support staff have passed through the Center for Families of the Fallen since it opened in January 2010.

Fisher House for Families of the Fallen
The Fisher House for Families of the Fallen at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, is a unique facility among the Fisher House Foundation's other locations. It is the only one of its kind, designed for families of the fallen and managed exclusively by uniformed personnel. It is designed to provide short-term, on-base lodging to families who travel to Dover AFB to witness the dignified transfer of their loved one.

The 8,462 square foot house is equipped with nine suites that include private, handicapped-accessible bathrooms and common areas that include a multi-cooking station kitchen, and large communal dining and family rooms.

Identified by the Fisher Foundation as a complement to the Center for Families of the Fallen, the Fisher House for Families of the Fallen is the 50th house within the Fisher family of homes. The House was gifted to the Air Force and dedicated Nov. 10, 2010. It opened to the first family Dec. 9, 2010. More than 3,500 family members have stayed at the house since it opened.

USO Delaware provides an assortment of fresh and frozen meal choices, drinks and snacks to make the family's stay on the Fisher House as comfortable as possible.

Meditation Pavilion
Adjacent to the Fisher House for Families of the Fallen is a Meditation Pavilion. The 1,714 square foot Meditation Pavilion provides a quiet place for families to gather, pray and reflect during their stay at the Fisher House. The pavilion is used as a gathering place for families, and is the first and only one of its kind.

Built with private donations to the Fisher House Foundation, the Fisher House for Families of the Fallen and Meditation Pavilion were gifted to the Air Force and dedicated Nov. 10, 2010. 

Next time, on the 31st, we will return to Georgia, so meet me there, as always, at 9:00am.

To see additional memorials from Delaware, or any other state, please click the state name on the left side of this page.

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!