Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Florida XII

The city of Orlando is much more famous for being the home of a number of amusement parks and tourist attractions, but, it is also the home of a magnificent tribute to those who fought and were lost in Vietnam.

Located on the site of an old Navy base, now a VA hospital, it backs up to Lake Baldwin.

Created by the local Vietnamese community in appreciation of the service and sacrifice Americans made in Vietnam. I am stunned that I can find so little information about this stunning place.

One of the first things I noticed was that there was no America flag, but later research showed that it is usually there above the POW/MIA flag. why it was missing the day I visited, I do not know.

Set in among these trees makes it particularly beautiful. In D.C. The Three Servicemen are amongst trees that represent the jungle, I guess the same might be true here.

One of the smaller walls here attempts to tell the story of the Vietnam War. A part I particularly appreciate is that mention is made of the 6 countrys that actually put "boots on the ground." A number of other countrys aided in other ways, but these actually participated in the fighting.

The reverse lists the many groups and organizations that were part of the project.

The dedication plaque.

The memorial may be found at Glenridge Way East and Lake Baldwin lane,

Next time, on the 11th, we will meet in Georgia, so join me there,as always, at9:00am.

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

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