Monday, September 26, 2022

Texas XVIII

My very first post from Texas was from a cemetery in Austin. Atop the memorial were three combat soldiers, practically in miniature, you can see that post here.

As is so very often these days I have gone back to try to feature the faces from memorials, today, Texas.

The memorial as noted in the original post is in the Texas State Cemetery where it stands among many other Texas dignitaries and as usual the quality of these pics suffers from the condition of the statue itself and the fact that i had not yet conceived the idea of the Faces of Remembrance series so I was not concentrating on that aspect of the site. Lessons learned.

Here are the three faces from the site.



But, fear not, I have finally gotten back on the road and have visited New Mexico and Arizona and will be in Colorado in a couple of weeks and then on to New York state, so, more memorials on the way. I appreciate your patience and trust that I will be able to post more complete memorials in the very near future.

This does not mean, however, that I don't want you to send me any memorials not seen here! I will, as promised, give you due credit.

Next time, on the first of October, we will return to Virginia, so meet me there as always at 9:00am.

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

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

South Dakota XXII

I am on the road for the first time since Covid shut me down, so this one will be unusually quick.

I was able to find a couple of faces from the memorial at Howard, you can see the original post here.

The memorial, like so many in small towns, honors all who served, whenever they did so, but these two faces are designated as Vietnam.


In 2020 Howard had a population of 754. As I often say, It is amazing what small towns do for their vets. 

Well done, Howard.

Next time, on the 26th, we will make a return to Texas, so meet me there, as always, at 9:00am.

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

Friday, September 16, 2022

South Carolina VIII

I've not spent too much time in South Carolina but some of the memorials there are quite beautiful. the one in Columbia, the state memorial, is pretty amazing and you can see my original posts of it here.

Today, I have tried to pull some of the faces depicted upon the memorial. These, like so many, were taken before the idea to create the Faces of Remembrance series ever occurred to me, so there are not all I hoped they might be, but, I still want to honor them.



Difficult to see but a pilot in flight headgear.


Members of several branches are featured and you can tell that some have worn over the years. I wonder if there is a program to help restore them. I have seen this at other sites and if you click on Kansas, to the left, you can find a post about a restoration project I just happened upon at the University.

These faces represent and honor the 980 South Carolinians who were lost in 'Nam. The memorial is located in Memorial Park in Columbia.

Next time, on the 21st we will return to South Dakota, so join me there at 9:00am.

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


Sunday, September 11, 2022

September 11, 2022

Twenty one years ago, we in my area anyway, awoke to one of those spectacular September days. As I have mentioned before, around my house we call it "San Diego weather," just beautiful: but, never again.

Now on days like that I never fail to remember that day, no matter the date.

Living not too far from Washington DC, the coverage, as I guess it was everywhere, was never ending. My wife drove by the Pentagon every day on her way to work for the Navy. Her office was just minutes away from the Pentagon. Her office had moved recently so she was not close on this fateful day, but some of her colleagues were in the Pentagon as it was attacked. They survived, but it brought it all closer to home for us.

As I have traveled the country photographing Vietnam memorials, I also, always photograph 9/11 memorials as I come across them. While I have seen quite a few research tells me that every state has at least one, now.

I was driving through Pennsylvania and stopped to check out a Vietnam memorial that I had read about. There was no memorial there but I noticed some kind of a memorial near the parking lot and wandered over to find this remarkable tribute to 9-11. 


A remembrance for the many First Responders that were lost.

A piece of the towers.

Located in Red Run Park the memorial was completed in stages and is now complete.  

In my reading, I have not found that anyone from the township was lost on 9-11, but considering that Pennsylvania was one of the three most heavily impacted states, it is not surprising to find this here in a town (ship) of just over 7, 000 people.

Next time, on the 16th, we will revisit South Carolina where I hope to be able to pull some faces from the state memorial in Columbia, so join me there, as always, at 9:00am when we will return to Vietnam memorial posts. 

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

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Pennsylvania XXXVIII

In the past I have shared a couple of pics from the Berks County Vietnam Memorial. Located in a park in Reading there is considerably more here than the wall of names and the statue. You can see the memorial here if you missed it.

Today, I will share a couple of these features that are part of the attempt to honor the 65 KIA?MIA from Berks County.



 

One of the things that strikes me about this memorial is the number of plaques honoring vets that are from local businesses. I will feature some of them in a future post.

Next time, on the 11th, I hope to have something to share regarding 9/11, so join me here at 8:47am.

To see additional memorials from Pennsylvania, 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!

Friday, September 2, 2022

North Carolina XIX

The city of Graham is located in Alamance County in North Carolina. At the Courthouse there you can see a memorial dedicated to the local citizens who died in every war since the Civil War.

Interestingly they also include the U.S.S. Liberty attack in which a local citizen was lost. this of course, is most appropriate, I have just never seen it before.

The memorial stands in front of the Courthouse and is made of granite. It was dedicated in 1996 at no government expense.



R.I.P.

A time capsule was planted and is to be open on April 24, 2049.

Graham is located about 3 and a half miles south east of Burlington.

Next time, on the 7th we will return to Pennsylvania, so join me there, as usual, at 9:00am.

To see additional memorials from North Carolina, 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!

Saturday, August 27, 2022

New York XXVII

How I just happened into Springville, New York, I don't quite recall. I know that it was chance and a happy one at that.

Located in Shuttleworth Park where we, (Steve and I,) just happened to pull over for a break, I guess, we found this memorial to four from the area who gave up their lives in our efforts in 'Nam.

There were no signs or other indications that tipped us off. We just happened to park where we did and notice this site.

I, later, read that there are several memorials in the park, but this is the only one we saw. Kismet?

Note the dates given for the war

In 1965 the population of Springville was roughly 4,000 and to lose four of your citizens seems significant.

As a note of interest, Glenn "Pop" Warner was from Springville and is credited with helping to make football what it is today.

Springville is about 35 miles south and a little east of Buffalo.

Next time, on the 2nd, we will revisit North Carolina for another traditional memorial, so meet me there at 9:00am.

To see additional memorials from New York, 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!