Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Oklahoma VIII

Once the Oklahoma Vietnam Memorial this site is still striking. While several wars are commemorated here, The Big Guy, a Nam vet, still watches over them all.

He continues to peer over at the Capitol building in constant reminder of the consequences of decisions made by our leaders: the decisions we pay the price for.

Oklahoma representatives moved the "official" site to Enid after the town purchased a retired Traveling Wall, but, the Big Guy doesn't care. He just stands sentry.

In keeping with my effort to single out faces, to see what the sculptors were trying to say, he is the next in The Faces of Remembrance series of posts. I see fatigue mixed with sadness.

I found this face on the Bas Relief of a scene of a Huey dropping off troops to face whatever comes next. He seems watchful above all else to me.

Another from the Bas Relief. Resignation? Grief?

Next time, on the 24th, we'll have another look in Pennsylvania, so meet me there, as always, at 9:00am.

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

Friday, June 14, 2019

New York XIX

Eisenhower Park, on Long Island, is a wonderful place of fun, sports, picnics and all you might expect. It is also a reverent place of remembrance.

I have posted before about a couple of the Vietnam memorials in the park and there is also a beautiful memorial to those lost on September 11th.

Today, I want to show you the last of the Vietnam memorials I found there on my trip a couple of years ago.

It is smaller but no less dignified or important than its larger companions located not far away. It is often the case that these smaller memorials were placed first and later "updated" by the newer, larger ones.

I especially like when the planers and makers of these memorials think to include those affected differently by the war.

Nearby are a couple of interesting features of the park that relate to 'Nam, but are not memorials in this sense. In a future post I will share them with you.

Next time, on the 19th, we will return to Oklahoma for another in my Faces of Remembrance series, so meet me there at 9:00am.

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

Sunday, June 9, 2019

New Jersey XIV

The memorial here began as a single stone honoring those who served and the four from the area that were lost in WWII.

At some later date, a second stone was added to give the same recognition and honor to those who were lost in Korea and Vietnam.

As recently as 2008 there were only two names on the second monument, one from Korea and one from Vietnam.

As you can see, this has changed significantly.

This painted stone was left, probably by a child, for someone they might have never met.

The small, lovely, park is a very pleasant and calming place to visit and honor these brave patriots.

The memorial is located in the Kirkwood area of Voorhoos, near the intersection of Spruce Drive and Burnt Mills Road near the fire station.

Next time, on the 14th, we'll stay in the slip across the river to New York. Meet me there, as usual, at 9:00am.

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

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Massachusetts XIV

I stumbled upon Bridgewater, Massachusetts' Central Square and found this multi-war memorial.

The memorial honors WWI, Korea, and the Global War On Terror in addition to the seven lost in Vietnam.

Guarded by this eagle it also reminds us that freedom is not free.

It is finding these unexpected memorials that so often makes this journey so interesting and one of the reasons I continue to chase down any memorials I can find. As I write this I am just back from a trip to Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island where I found a number of "new" memorials that I will include on these pages as a later date.

Next time, on the ninth, we will head on down the east coast to New Jersey, so as always, meet me there at 9:00am.

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