Monday, March 20, 2017

Florida XI

Ft. Lauderdale is famous for many things and I was sure there must be a Vietnam memorial in the town.



I found it at the War Memorial Auditorium, located on 8th Street (Sandy Mininger Drive) Located in the lobby of the building are a couple of remembrances, but the one to our brothers and sisters from 'Nam is the predominant one.



A statue of a soldier, down on one knee, is bracketed by a flag and a plaque listing all from the area who served. All 159 of them.


There is no designation as to those who might have been lost.



The loss is reflected in his eyes.

The lobby was not the best place to get pics, glaring lights and lots of reflection off the walls, floor and marble of the site were a problem. I want to give a shout out to the nice lady that worked there, who went around turning off lights in hopes it might lead to better pictures. She certainly went out of her way and I appreciate it greatly.



Next time, on the 25th, we will revisit Louisiana, so, join me there, as usual, at 9:00am.

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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

California XVII


In Los Angeles there is a unique tribute to Vietnam vets.

In Hawaii, it seems that Americans of Japanese descent wanted to build a memorial to the 117 heroes who died in 'Nam. The usual processes were followed; meetings, planning, publicity, fund-raising etc. When all was complete, it became apparent that no site for the memorial could be found within our 50th state. It seemed that the project was doomed. However, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in L.A. heard of the problem and said, "We have the space, build it here." and that is what happened.

I had read about the site several times but was always unable to get there when in California. This time I determined that it would be my first stop. I flew from the east coast to the west, rented a car, programmed the GPS and headed out. The site is less than 20 miles from the airport, but all of the airport stuff and the famous LA traffic, took so long that as I neared the site, it became obvious that the light of day was fading far too quickly.

I decided to find it anyway so that I could, at least, see it and honor it. After a little difficulty and some directions from a local, I found it. I decided to try to get some pics, anyway and, like the project itself, it all worked out.

The memorial is part of the Memorial Court which faces on San Pedro Street and includes memorials to those who participated in other of America's wars, too.

The exact address is 244 San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, Ca.

More info may be found here;

http://www.jaccc.org/memorial.php

Next time, on the 20th, we will take another trip to Florida, so, I'll see you there, as always, at 9:00am.

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






Friday, March 10, 2017

Arizona XIII

Several hours northeast of Tucson is Clifton and high above the town, perched on a bluff is a memorial to all who have served from the area.

The memorial is accessed by climbing a VERY rough trail. At times, I had to find something to hold on to to keep on going. About half way up, I began to regret my decision to try to make the climb. I didn't think I could make it, but, after resting, several times, I did finally make it to the site. I would caution anyone that wants to make the journey to be well prepared and expect difficulty.


It is called "America's long walk for freedom" and you will understand.

The path leading to the site has a number of signs, honoring those from various wars who are remembered here.




All that I had read about the site said that there were 1800 dog tags on display, but when I got there I could not locate them. However, if you look at the pics, here, you can see them strung between the flag poles.  I have no explanation for why I couldn't locate them. Perhaps, it was because I was truly exhausted after the climb up. I am already thinking about trying to get back sometime.

Note the Dog Tags strung between the poles. I am told there are now more than 2000.

There are flags, a field cross of sorts and a large bell, the bell says "Ring for Freedom" so, I did. It was startling how loud it was. I guess the altitude and silence of being that high up made it seem louder. I wondered if anyone on the ground heard it.


The way back down was much easier, but I did actually fall, twice. Almost predictably, I landed in a patch of cactus and spent quite some time pulling needles out of my hand and arm. No real harm done and I am glad that I made the climb.


The bluff is called Mares Bluff and is unmarked from the main road, but anyone in the town can direct you to it, where you will find this sign at the trail head.

You can read more about this unique site, here:

 http://www.eacourier.com/news/uniqueness-marks-mares-bluff-memorial-in-greenlee-county/article_3aabb3a4-ea88-5eae-b2b7-74654c2c0f7b.html

On the 15th, next time, we will visit a memorial in California with a rather unique story. Check it out, as always, at 9:00am.

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


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Washington IX

I had read about this park with several memorials in Tacoma, but had no specific address. The GPS kept insisting that I make a right turn before the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, but there was no turn. Figuring I had missed it, I went back and tried again, after paying the huge toll on the bridge every time I crossed. turned out I crossed it several times, your welcome Washington, and finally realized the roads had been changed and I would have to just kind of figure it out. At one point, I could see the park, but could not find a way off the highway to get to it. Frustrating!

Anyway, finally found a way in and it is really very nice with several memorials and a beautiful view of the bridge.


Located at 624 N. Meyers Street it has a big parking lot for easy access.


Many names of the lost a honored here on this wall.


Further into the park is a memorial to Medal of Honor recipients that list several from Washington.





One from Vietnam, Patrick Brady, is listed among them.


So, after the initial difficulty, I was pleased to visit this peaceful, beautiful place where our brothers and sisters, from all wars will, forever, be remembered.

On the 10th, we will make a return visit to Arizona, so, as always, join me there at 9:00am.

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