Sunday, September 16, 2018

California XXXIII

This beautiful Victorian influenced park lies in Santa Clarita, California.

It was conceived in 2000 and in 2017 another component was added so it is clearly an on-going, living tribute to all Veterans.

From the fountain, one walks down the central path past what are called story stations which give a brief history of a number of our nations battles.

 The one to Vietnam tells our story.

Many names from all eras are engraved on the bricks that  make of the walkways.

In 2017 a new Fallen Soldiers Memorial was added too the site. It lists all those lost from the Santa Clarita Valley from World War II to the present.

Called the Veterans Historical Plaza it is located 24275 Walnut Street and there is parking at the site.

Next time, on the 21st, we will venture back to Delaware, so join me there, as always, at 9:00am.

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

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

9/11 2018

17 years ago the world was changed forever. New considerations, new understanding, and new fears were thrust upon us all.

We all know, and will ever remember, exactly where we were and what we were doing when the news, the horror, the terror, altered our consciousness for all time.

I think The World Trade Center and the Pentagon, which are featured elsewhere on this site,  are probably better known than Shanksville. Pa., so I went there last week to honor the lost and learn more about the sight and the way we have honored the 40 passengers and crew members from Flight 93.

One enters the memorial site from Rte. 30 very near Shanksville and drives along a winding road lined with many trees to a parking lot at the entrance of the site.

The first thing that you see are large walls that dominate the space.

The walls are bisected by a dark path and funnel visitors to the observation and are said to reflect the height of the plane as it passed this spot . The path, said to represent the coal once mined here, turns out to be the exact flight path of the plane.

Along this path is a visitors Center that has any number of interesting and disturbing displays of TV broadcasts from the day, artifacts from the crash site and a huge window that looks out over what is now called The Field of Honor. 

The path itself is marked with a timeline of the other events of that fateful day.

The flight path ends, for the moment, at the observation deck.

From the deck you view the whole area including many of the 40 groves of 40 Red and White Maples,  Oak Trees, and Hemlocks planted as part of the remembrance of the 40 heroes aboard the ill fated airplane.

Debris from the wreckage was spread over a large area, some light weight materials, paper, etc. were found 8 miles from the site.

One can walk one of the paths leading to the crash area or drive along the road which is said to encompass and protect all that were lost there. There is parking near the plaza area from which you must walk the last bit of the journey.

This is the view of The Wall of Names as you approach and the one just below is of the observation deck from the above position.

Along the enclosing wall are several places specifically for visitors to leave small mementos as someone has done here.

The flight path continues from The Wall of Names to the gate which protects the actual impact area which is private.

The gate is made from some of the 100 Hemlock Trees which were destroyed by the crash.

Each of the 40 names is inscribed upon an 8 foot marble panel.

This 14 ton rock marks the actual impact spot of Flight 93 and is considered a burial spot and is reserved for the families of the lost. I had really wanted to place my hand upon it, but that is not allowed and I respect that.

On September 9th, 2018, the last feature of the memorial will be dedicated. It is a 93 foot tall Tower of Voices with 40 wind chimes that will sound in the constant wind which sometimes blows at 150 miles an hour here. The Park Service person on the site said that it will be dedicated but not actually completed by the 9th. There is some issue with the mechanism that holds the, often, very large chimes in place.

I will write more about it sometime in the future, when actually complete,

So, today, take a moment to recall this day 17 years ago and all that it has lead to, all that has happened and all that might yet come. Have a thought for those on board and their heroic actions that may well have saved the lives of countless others. No one actually knows where this plane was headed, but, I do know that many government agencies and personnel were told it was headed for them. Every agency in DC and elsewhere was on alert. I know of one where the employees were told to evacuate and they refused, they chose to stay and do what they could to fight back. Eventually, armed Marines showed up and "escorted" them out of the building.

We will never know if that was, in fact, necessary.

Next time, on the 16th, we will return to visiting Vietnam memorials, this time in California, so join me there at 9:00am.

To see other 9/11 memorials, browse this site, I have posted a few over the years from Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and The Pentagon.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Alabama XV

After photographing the Vietnam memorial (seen elsewhereon this site) I walked down the street to see what else Clanton had to offer. On the other side of the Court House was another memorial that included those lost in 'Nam.

Listing names from several other wars, it honors the 106 from Chilton county who have given their lives for their country.

This includes 11 of our brothers who were lost in 'Nam.

The memorial is located Court House, 500 2nd. Avenue N.

Next time, on the 11th, look for a special 9/11 post from Shanksville, Pa. at 10:03am..

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

Friday, August 31, 2018

Washington XV

Sarg Hubbard Park is in Yakima, Washington and is about 150 miles southeast of Seattle.

Part of the Yakima Greenway,it is in a conservation/recreation area and is extremely beautiful. The area has over 20 miles of biking, hiking paths as well as many other outdoor facilities.

Up a winding hill from the entrance you will find this combination Korea-Vietnam memorial.

These paves do not explain whether the names listed are for the lost or honoring someone who served and returned home.

The dedication plaque has the unusual feature of mentioning both Laos and Cambodia, places that we denied being for many, many years. I have seen this only very rarely in my travels.

Next time, on September 5th, we will head back to Alabama, so, join me there at 9:00am.

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

Sunday, August 26, 2018


On a recent trip to Williamsburg, Virginia, I assumed the the town had a Vietnam Memorial and set out to find it.

Well, they do, and it is located in Veterans Park (formerly Mid County Park) and honors those from James City County who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Among the ball fields, near a gazebo, the memorial stands, peacefully, among some trees.

 Unique, I think, is that the inscription of names is the same on each side. I can't recall having seen this elsewhere.

Dedicated in 1993 as a gift from a local, David Hooker, I think that it was located somewhere else for a time, but have been unable to verify that. Regardless, it stands, proudly, here now, presumably for all time.

 The park is located on Ironbound Road

Next time, on the 31st, we will take another trip to Washington, so meet me there, as always, at 9:00am.

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

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Driving through Waynesboro, Pa., recently I passed what was obviously a memorial of some kind. I couldn't stop then and besides I had no cameras (how often will I make that mistake?) but I determined to return and check it out.

Located in the historic Green Hill Cemetery it was dedicated not too very long ago and commemorates those lost in all wars since the Civil War, who are buried at Green Hill.

The five 5x9 granite markers honor each branch of service and the the names are listed by where and sometimes how these heroes served and died.

Located on S. Potomac Street it is easily seen as you exit Waynesboro back towards

Next time, on the 26th, we will return to Virginia, so, Meet me there, as always, at 9:00am.

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

Thursday, August 16, 2018

New York XVII

Eisenhower Park is a wonderful tribute to many of our Nation's heroes. You can find many memorials here and I have written before about just one of the ones to Vietnam. There is also a great 9-11 Memorial, among the many resting here. Perhaps I will feature it at another time.

Today, I want to share the POW memorial we encountered immediately upon entering the park.

It, of course, honors all POW's, but is a little different due to the barbed wire encased upon the top.

A haunting depiction of POWs is emblazoned on the side.

Dog tags list the wars in which our soldiers were imprisoned.

At another time I will show you the other Vietnam memorial here and also a separate one to commemorate those lost to Agent Orange.

Eisenhower Park is located in East Meadows on Long Island and covers nearly 1000 acres. 
Next time, on the 21st, we will revisit Pennsylvania, so join me there at 9:00am.
To see additional memorials from New York, or any other state, please click the state name on the left side of this page.