Some time ago, back when I posted Maryland III, which you can find elsewhere on this site (and below), I told some of the story of the Montgomery County Maryland Vietnam Memorial site. It was placed on the County Court House lawn and was a plaque honoring all those from the County that has served or perished. It contained no names and was placed directly under a White Oak, the Maryland state tree, and we assumed that that was all there was to be.
Well, times have changed
|The Eternal flame awaiting unveiling.|
Now, nearly 30 years after the original was dedicated, the site and memorial were lost to expansion of the Justice Center, which now contains an eternal flame, some plaques, and other appropriate items, honoring many who have served in the Military, but also those remembered for other services and reasons.
|A few of the plaques|
|A replica of the original Vietnam plaque seen above|
I did not get his permission to post his picture, but I think this one is safe. Ike Leggett, County Executive, Cmdr. Alvarez, and Craig Rice, President of the County Council, ( from right to left ) pull the cover of the Eternal flame.
|The Eternal Flame|
Some of us, however, still wanted to have a memorial specific to the many from the County lost in 'Nam: more than 130 at last count. I am pleased to tell you that the Montgomery County Vietnam Memorial Project has been formed and we are making headway towards our own memorial to be placed in the revitalized Wheaton area. Many details still need attention, but we have gained approval and a piece of land has been designated for the memorial. I will keep you posted as to the process and progress.
Next time, I hope to post some pics from the WWII Flyover that featured planes from the WWI, WWII, and Vietnam eras that took place in Washington D.C. a week or so ago. So, join me as always, at 9:00am on Monday the 25th. I know, it is a day earlier than my usual rotation, but it is also the day we honor Memorial Day and I think it is fitting to show these planes in honor of all.
To see other memorials from Maryland, or any other state, click the state name on the left side of this page.