Monday, October 16, 2017

North Carolina XIV

The Guilford County Veterans Memorial is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.

It is a very beautiful location and honors many from the conflicts of the 20th century.

Located along some of the winding inner walls are these plaques attempting to tell the story and this map highlighting areas of Vietnam.

In another location this display cites quotes from soldiers in 'Nam.

They very clearly reflect the patriotism, loneliness and ambivalence of many of those that served. there are a couple of these that are just covered with our thoughts. I think the last one shown here is especially poignant, especially because at least to some degree all of that has changed.

The memorial may be found opposite the National Science Center whose address in 4301 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro.

Next time, on the 21st, we'll take another look at Oklahoma, so meet me there at 9:00am, as always.

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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New York XIV

I am not even sure just how I came to know about this memorial. Perhaps, my 'Nam buddy John was aware of it as we traveled to others in his area.

It is located at the North Point, NY, VA Medical Center. It is easy to miss so be looking for the sign below. It sits off to the right, behind a building as you drive up the road to the center.

It is a beautiful spot, full of flowers the day we visited.

It was sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America and pays tribute to all and names a number lost with these blocks of stone.

This eternal flame "burns" for the lost.

I have visited a number of VA Centers in my travels, some seem to have more general memorials, some, like this one, specific, and some, none at all. I don't know if the VA or the states, towns, localities make the decisions about whether to have a memorial, but I am always glad to find one. It just seems fitting to me.

The Center is located at 79 Middleville Road.

On the 16th, we travel back to North Carolina, so see you there, as always, at 9:00am.

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

Friday, October 6, 2017

New Mexico XIV

Were it not for the Gadsden Purchase, this memorial would be in Mexico. But, Mesilla became part of the U.S. in 1854 and today, she honors her sons and daughters who have fought in many wars, here.

the memorial honors those who fought in each war from the civil War on. the Civil War was the first engagement after Mesilla entered the US in 1854.This memorial is located on the corner of Calle Del Norte and Avenida De Mesilla.

There seems to be no designation as to branch of service or who might have been lost etc, just honoring service.

As so often happens, those inadvertently omitted are added later.

On the same site is a memorial to all those who were left disabled in some way by their service.

Next time, on October 11th, we will take another look at New York, so join me there at 9:00am.

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

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Nebraska XIV

While browsing through my files, at least thinking about organizing them better, I stumbled across this memorial. I knew it was in Nebraska, but could not remember exactly where.

Usually, I find some sign or street sign or something to remind me, but there was just nothing here. I noticed the three dedication marks near the bottom, VFW, DAV, and American Legion, so I looked up their numbers and called but no one could help me, or I haven't heard back from them as of today.

I was eventually able to determine that it is located in Norfolk, Nebraska and then, later, learned that it is in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

It is a combined Korea and Vietnam memorial, listing names of the lost from each.

When I was checking all this out I was surprised to see the Prospect Hill is located on Johnny Carson Blvd. (at Maple Avenue) I guess only those of us of a certain age will consider that interesting. I thought that maybe he was born in Nebraska, but it turns out he was born in Iowa. So...

On our next visit, we will be in New Mexico, so join me there at 9:00am on October 6th..

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