Saturday, June 2, 2018

Alabama XIV

About 43 miles north of Anniston, we came upon Noccalula Falls Park, in fact, we nearly missed it because we had been given a different name.

Inside there is a very nice memorial to all who fought in and were lost in Vietnam.

The day was very bright and it was extremely difficult to get good pics on the sun side of the memorial, as you will see. I have always had a tough time countering glare on memorials.

It is kind of a paradox to me as many memorials are specifically designed to draw you in, reflect, become part of the memorial, but it makes them especially difficult to photograph for much of the day.

There are no names listed here, but the text on the front says:

 Into Vietnam went Brave and Patriotic men and women
Their motivation was not greed, was not power, was not heroism.
Their motivation was love of country, the love of family, 
and the belief that everyone should be free

That was their motivation

That was their strength

This noble passage is attributed to Sumner R. King and I can find not one word about him anywhere.

If you have any info, I would love to know it.

The back of  the memorial depicts POWs, the passing of time, and families waiting.

There are other memorials and many activities available in the park and is certainly well worth a visit. It is located at:

1500 Noccalula Road
Gadsden, Alabama

Next time, on the 7th, we return to Arizona, so join me there at 9:00am.

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

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