Thursday, April 16, 2015

South Carolina

Beaufort, South Carolina is one of those remarkably beautiful places that you never forget. Lots of water, Spanish moss and all the things that my mind, at least conjures up when I think of the deep South.

We, Steve and I, actually, only spent one night here. The hotel we stayed in was managed by by an Army vet, now retired and she went out of her way to look out for us.

The memorial is located  right on the water in Henry Chambers Waterfront Park. I tried taking a few shots at night when we first arrived but was not particularly happy with them. so the next day, I got these to honor the 13 from the area that were lost.

The complete inscription reads:
  Dedicated to Those Who Selflessly and
Willingly Served Their Nation During
The Vietnam War.
Their Hearts Were Tempered In Fire;
Their Souls Forged On The Anvil Of War.
No Glory Of The Moment Was Awarded,
Yet History Will Keep And Honor Them Forever.

I couldn't end this post without posting a couple of pics showing the beauty of this place. I hope you enjoy them.

The above shot is taken from just beyond the memorial and the one below is about 90 degrees from it.

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

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

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Rhode Island IX

This memorial, in Rhode Island, is very interesting to me. I cannot, for the life of me, tell you exactly where it is!

I learned of it be talking to some locals in Newport and they easily directed me to it.
What is confusing is that it is called The Dale Carlia Vietnam Memorial Park. When I seek information  about it, there is nothing. I cannot find a photo anywhere and it is briefly mentioned as a stop on a parade route. Directly across the street from it some stores say, Wakefield and other signs, nearby refer to South Kingston. I hope that someone from the area will contact me and help me understand.

Anyway, it is quite a beautiful memorial on a corner that I have heard (read) called Dale Carlia Corner. So folks, help me out, I really like to be precise about where these memorials are located.

You can see that the park is well maintained, which, sad to say, is not always the case. I was there just a day or two past Memorial Day, so that may have been why it looked so good. I hope it is kept up at all times.

Continued searching allows me to say, with some confidence, that it is located at the intersection of Main Street and Kingston Road in Wakefield. I, also, note that the intersection is to undergo a renewal program so you may want to check that out if you should decide to visit. I hope, too, that the park and memorial are not displaced by the renovations.

Next time, on the 16th we will head south for South Carolina. Join me there, as usual, at 9:00am.

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

Monday, April 6, 2015

Pennsylvania XVI

On a beautiful but chilly Spring day I found this memorial on the corner of Hamilton and 5th Streets in Allentown. It stands in front of the Federal Court House and was erected by local Realtors. I'm not sure I have seen a memorial erected by Realtors before, interesting.

Names the Lehigh Valley Vietnam Memorial it lists the many names of those from the area who gave their all. Researching this site was a little confusing because there is another Lehigh Valley Memorial in the area.

Seeing the names that were later identified and added to this site makes me wonder if I have ever seen one where this was not the case?

Just down the other side of the street, I found this small memorial to all the women who have supported war efforts throughout our history. It is not specifically Vietnam, but her uniform looks as if it might be, I think the women who have been involved in war have never gotten their due, the respect they deserve, so I like to point out these memorials when I find them. No matter how few or far between they are.

So, next time we will return to Rhode Island, so join me there at 9:00am on the 11th.

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

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

North Carolina IX

North Carolina has always held a special place in my heart. My ancestors settled there when they were forced out of Scotland. There is even a school not too very far from Fayetteville named after a long gone relative. I, also, did my Basic Training at Fort Bragg and I still have beloved cousins who live not too far away. So, I enjoy visiting and have taken advantage of all this to visit many times.

To continue from the last post (scroll back one if you missed it) visitors to The Wall, in D.C. have left warehouses full of mementos, personal items, pictures, medals, uniform pieces and a myriad of other items. So, too, here in Fayetteville. Now, this Wall's visit was very short and yet I discovered several things that were left by a loved one. It fascinates me that for some of us, the war was 50 years ago and yet there is still a need to make these contacts and connections. Still a need to find some reason, solace and perhaps, a little peace. I hope those that left these found a little of what they were seeking.

Each of these many flags was dedicated to a particular soldier. The soldier's name and that of the donor were prominently displayed on each flag.

This one boasted a poem written by a loved one to the one lost.

A simple unit patch. People leave what they have.

Others have much more. This looks like the "year book" we got leaving Basic Training and some photos probably from 'Nam.

Our next visit will be in Pennsylvania, so join me there, on the 6th, as always at 9:00am.

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

Friday, March 27, 2015

North Carolina VIII

A couple of years ago, my friend Steve and I traveled to Fayetteville, North Carolina to participate in and photograph a Vietnam Welcome Home event and over the next two posts I want to share some of what we saw and were part of in N.C.

The predominant feature was the large scale model of The Wall. Set in an open field with a sea of small flags in the front of it, it was , just like the one in D.C. visited, touched, photographed and wept at, by the many, many who came to visit. I do not know the total number of visitors, but I do know that they planned for a certain number of Vietnam vets and that they were way off in the estimations. Each Vietnam vet was given a challenge coin and several other items and mementos and when Steve and I registered we were told they were long gone. They promised to forward then when more copies were received and I am happy to say, they did so.

 Here is a slightly different view of this great presentation of The Wall.

I managed to catch this Docent helping a vet find a name. It is one of my favorite pictures

A grim reminder of what so many suffered was strategically placed in the middle of the flags. In a different building, not too far away, was a more detailed display and information on those held captive. I will post about that some time in the future.

This final picture shows the universal appeal of The Wall as a woman makes a rubbing of a name. I did not interrupt her or ask whom this might have been, these moments are just too personal.

I did think the little girl peeping out from behind her Mom was just too cute.

The rubbings that people make are an ongoing tribute to lost loved ones. So, too, are the many things that get left behind. There are buildings full of these offerings around the D.C. area full of the pieces of peoples lives that they choose to leave behind with their loved one at The Wall in D.C. and next time, on the 1st of April, I will share some of what was left at this brief visit of The Wall in North Carolina. So, as always, join me on the 1st at 9:00am.

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

Sunday, March 22, 2015

New York VI

The Kaisertown area of Buffalo honors the four locals who were lost in ‘Nam. This monument located in the Heroes Grove area of Stachowski-Houghton Park is one of the many remembrances here, and across the state.

These small memorials always amaze me because they are so personal. It is likely that those who designed and built them actually knew the people they honor, their brothers and sisters, cousins, friends, sons, daughters, husbands and wives. These memorial give real person-hood to those lost. 

The huge memorials list hundreds or thousands of names, mostly unknown to the builder and can be, as a result, less personal. I love then all, but these smaller ones always strike a nerve in me.

There may be somewhat less to photograph, but often the emotions are more overwhelming.

Next time, on the 27th, we will venture once again to North Carolina. Join me there, as usual, at 9:00am.

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

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New Mexico VII

As promised in the last post from Springer (scroll back one post if you missed it) here are a few more pictures from this memorial.

I opened the last post with a picture of a bench/sign carved from a large log and the pictures today are also of wood, carved from a single tree trunk by the same artist.

The inside of the split branch contains two plaques. The first, pictured here is a dedication to all from the area who served in the listed wars. The second, not shown, is info about who sponsored the site etc.

You can see that this plaque has had some wear. It depicts an eagles head, a starred banner, a dedication to all veterans and a list of the wars in which they participated. It only goes back to WWI because New Mexico did not become a state until 1912, so the first war her citizens could participate was WWI.

On several other surfaces on the tree trunk are various inscriptions and pictures.

For anyone who may not know, the bottom flag is the New  Mexico state flag.

There is one additional wooden component but I will leave that until a future posting.

Next time, we will move on to New York , so join me there at 9:00am on the 22nd.

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