Friday, May 9, 2014

Colorado XIII

Greeley, Colorado is north of Denver and is the home of the Weld County Veterans Memorial. The memorial honors Coloradans back to the Spanish American War( the first war the state was involved in after becoming a state in 1898) and specifically Joe P. Martinez, the first Hispanic to be awarded the Medal of Honor. (WWII)

In addition to the many names encased in glass display cases there is a marker honoring a stop by a Huey, from Vietnam, on its way to the Smithsonian Institution inn Washington, D.C.

The Vietnam memorial portion of the site includes a map of Southeast Asia, the Vietnam Service Medal, and a brief history of our involvement.

Detail from above

The site has a number of other interesting components including a statue of the above mentioned Joe Martinez.
This is a most beautiful site and is well worth some time when you are in the area. It can be found at the intersection of 16th Street and 35th Street. There is a sign there calling it Bittersweet Park, but is referred to as Lincoln Park by others. I do not know why this discrepancy exists but I would just use the street names as a guide.

Next time, on the 14th, I will take you back to see what has happened in Philadelphia to the memorial there. You may be shocked. So, join me at 9:00 am for the story.

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

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