Friday, November 16, 2018

Wyoming IV

Cheyenne has two memorials and this one is located on the grounds of the Cheyenne Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Nestled in among a few trees it honors the 137 from Wyoming lost in the war.

The medical center is located at 2360 East Pershing blvd.

Just this evening I read that a new miniature replica of The Wall has been constructed inside the medical center. It is 22 inches high by 45 feet long and features 58, 300 names, the number at the time of its construction. Since then, as any long time reader of this site knows, the number has risen to 58,318.

I have located a few more memorials in Wyoming, so I will get back there when I am able.

Next time, on the 21st, we will check back in with Alabama, so join me there at 9:00am, as usual.

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

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Veterans day 2018

I often try to write something on these momentous days in our history.  Today is veterans Day, which as I have written before, commemorates for most of us, the end to WWI.

Veterans Day marks the signing of the armistice, or treaty, that brought an end to hostilities after the first world War.

It's date and name, however, has been messed with over the years. Originally, November 11th, it has been changed to try to accommodate three day weekends or other changes thought to be good. Eventually it came back to the original day. It has, also, been called Armistice Day and Remembrance Day at  one time or another.

As you read this, I will be in Arizona in a suburb of Phoenix, called Anthem.

Anthem has constructed a memorial that honors and commemorates all who have served in our armed forces. In fact, I have written about it before on this site. You can find that post if you click on Arizona to the left and scroll back a bit to find it.

What is different this year, is that I am going to witness a unique feature of the memorial as it actually happens.

The five stele representing the service of all branches of our military have had a hole drilled through each of them in such a way that it serves as a portal for the sun.

At 11 minutes after 11, on the 11th day of the 11th month, the sun pours through the openings to illuminate The Great Seal of the United States which is an integral part of the plaza surrounding the memorial which, usually, is in shadow created by the stele. But, for these few minutes at this time, on this day, in this month it shines brightly.

2018 is the 100th anniversary of the signing of the treaty ending the war that was supposed to have been "...the war to end all wars!"

I expect to encounter huge crowds this year, so I may or may not be able to actually photograph the event properly, but more important, to me, is to just be there.

I will keep you posted about my success here and in trying to capture a few more Vietnam memorials in the state.

Also. this is good place to remind you that Veterans Day honors all who have served, 57 million-ish.

Memorial Day, in May, honors those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, 1.1 million approximately.

Armed Forces Day, in May, honors those currently serving, 2 million give or take.

All of these numbers are approximations for a variety of reason.

So, today is about the end of WWI, or its about all who served, whichever, take a moment to remember the service and sacrifice of the very few.

Join me, next time in Wyoming for a post from a VA Medical Center, see you there, as always at 9:00am. on the 16th.

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

Monday, November 5, 2018

Washington XVI

I've posted previously about the Veterans Memorial Garden and Vietnam memorial on the campus of the VA in Vancouver, Washington.

Nearby, is a converted WWII radio building that now houses much memorabilia from many wars, including Vietnam.

The day Steve and I visited there were two volunteers on duty, both 'Nam vets who were eager to show us around.

The Vietnam artifacts took up a good deal of room within the small, two room building.

I was surprised to find this Landing Craft on display. I spent many months at Fort Eustis, Virginia learning to operate these and many other sea going vessels.

It was interesting to find this POW/MIA display, also. I have sen them a couple of times in my travels and they seem to be growing in popularity a I see more now than previously.

Nearby, was this explanation of the various components of the display.

So, from here we will move on to Arizona for a special Veterans Day post, please join me there at 11:11am on the 11th of November.

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

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Virginia XII

At one time, many years ago, I considered Yorktown, Virginia my home. I lived in an old home that is now the completely renovated Colonial Yorktown Ben and Jerry's! Mixed feelings about that.

So, I was in the area recently and decided to see if they had, along with all the associated Revolutionary War sites and monuments, if they had a Vietnam memorial.

Outside of York Hall is this obelisk with names from Bacon's Rebellion to Vietnam. I couldn't quite remember Bacon's Rebellion, so I looked it up.

100 years before the American Revolution, Mr. Bacon and some other Virginia planters rebelled against the Virginia government for being too decent to the local Indians.

The memorial is quite simple and Vietnam shares a face with Korea and it lists ten names of those lost in 'Nam.

York Hall sits on the corner of Ballard and Main Streets.

Next time, on the 5th of November we will return to Washington, so join me there at 9:00am.

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

Friday, October 26, 2018

Pennsylvania XXVI

Greencastle-Antrim placed this memorial honoring the service and sacrifice of 121 of its citizens dating back to the Revolutionary War on November 11, 2008.

Someone with a $2.00 can of spray paint did $10,000 worth of damage to it at a later date.

The memorial consists of several panels, two of which were damaged. These had to be removed and shipped to Ohio for repair.

The side honoring more recent events, including Vietnam, was not damaged and remains on display.

The newly repaired section of the memorial will be rededicated on November 11th, 2018.

The memorial sits at the Greencastle Borough Hall on N. Washington Street.

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

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

Sunday, October 21, 2018

New Jersey XII

I have written on a number of occasions about how struck I am at what some places do for their lost vets. Sometimes it is just a few from the area, but this time, this memorial, is for just one person.

PFC Giocobbe was killed just a couple of months after arriving in 'Nam. He arrived in June and was lost in August.

His hometown first placed a plaque in his memory but it was lost to construction and time. This one was placed in 1994 and will stand forever.

In a small park, named in his honor, the memorial has quite a bit of detail.

The Field Cross is one of the main components and in every picture I have seen it is fronted with a wreath, including on the day I visited. It was in August, however, so maybe it is just a coincidence.

 I think this little park is just beautiful and certainly a fitting memorial to the soldier. It is located on Ganttown Road and you should pay a visit if in the area.

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

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

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Maryland XXI

Thurmont lies just a short drive above Frederick, Md. It is well known for its beauty and its apples, among other things. It, also, honors its service men and women with a Memorial Park that honors all that served.

Among the several memorials here is one dedicated to all the residents who served in 'Nam.

Two among these were lost and their names are marked with a + to denote their service and ultimate sacrifice.

As is nearly always the case, names have been added after the dedication. As you know if you follow this page we recently dedicated a memorial in my county. We worked for nine years to get it done and part of that effort was a an ongoing attempt to be accurate, to ensure that every veteran that was lost or remains missing was included. the numbers changed as we found more and more names. we thought we had done a terrific job finding all. On the day of the dedication, a lady approached me and said that one of the names marked as MIA had, in fact, been recovered and interred at Arlington National Cemetery. We didn't make it one day. If we can confirm this,  a correction will be made to be sure. So, as I said, it seems to happen all the time.

Memorial Park is located at 116 Main Street.

Next time, on the 21st, we will travel back to New Jersey, so meet me there, as usual, at 9:00am.

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