Monday, July 28, 2014

Michigan VIII

Last time, Michigan VII, I promised to post a few more from this great site in Freedom Hill County Park.

This was the first time I have seen this particular information; losses categorized by Unit. And, rarely do you see the number of women who served listed, note that one of the 8 women killed in 'Nam was from Michigan.

If you follow this site with any regularity, you have heard me complain, on a couple of occasions, about the use of non-Vietnam era helmets on The Field Cross. Well, they did it right here. Good job, folks.

Those lost a featured on individual bricks too, while others, who were not lost, are honored on bricks of different colors. This, too, is something I have not seen before this visit.

A final pic of a Vietnam Service Ribbon that was placed upon the pole that supports the Huey at the site. Makes sense tome as I believe that there is no other more iconic image of the war than the Huey.

Next time, we will travel to Minnesota to see a small town memorial there. So, please join me on the 2nd of August, as always, at 9:00am.

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

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Michigan VII

A Phantom II, a Huey, and a wall of names. These are all located in Freedom Hill County Park, along 16 Mile Road in Macomb County, Michigan.

The 149 honored here will be forever remembered by family, friends, loved ones, and anyone who happens upon this solemn remembrance.

Sponsored, largely, by VVA Chapter 154, there are several components here that should be noted. In addition to the aircraft, there is the marker with a soldiers words upon it, a marker to those lost to their wounds, physical or otherwise at a later time.

Many quotes are often included at these sites. In fact, you see the same ones in many places,This one, however, seems to be unique.

I suspect that no one foresaw the havoc that Agent Orange and other calamities that would befall vets, but we need to keep reminding those who make decisions to send other peoples sons and daughters to war of what the real cost may be.

Next time, on the 28th, I will post a few more interesting elements of this site. So, join me, as usual, at 9:00am.

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

Friday, July 18, 2014

Massachusetts IV

On the one hand, Massachusetts is so replete with history that it is difficult to visit and not be distracted by so many sites and historical monuments, markers and places. But, on the other hand, there are quite a number of Vietnam memorials, too, so one could arguably spend all one's time doing only that.

I was walking across a street in San Antonia when I chanced to meet a guy, a fellow vet. We got talking and he told me that he was from Massachusetts. He told me all about a memorial he was involved with building in his hometown of Taunton. I told him I would try to get there, someday, to check it out.

Well, I finally did and it is every bit as great as he said it was.

It sits on Church Green which is near Union Street. The green was the sight of the first Meeting House in 1647 that was used for religious as well as civic meetings.

The simple stone with a plaque listing the names of the 13 lost is fronted by a fountain and pool. The fountain, he told me, is capable being controlled and is infused with lights so that water shows can be performed. I was not able to see that part, but was able to capture the fountain itself on my second visit to the site. It is really worth a visit and must be really beautiful when the fountain is all lit up and "dancing."

In reading up on the site, I saw that the fountain was dedicated in 1968 which makes it a very early memorial.

Many are remembered in paver bricks around the plaza.

These flags, shaped like a V were added after my first trip and were proudly on display the last time I visited.

Next on the agenda is a return to Michigan, so join me there on the 23 at 9:00am.

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

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Maryland VI

Westminster has done a really great job with this memorial. I will post today about some of its other features, some of which are not so often seen.

The central stone with the names and likenesses is flanked on either side by "A day in the life" scenes. the first, shown next, is fairly standard and depicts the military aspect of our involvement.

The one on the right shows a less often displayed detail of what was going on. The humanitarian efforts we made are often lost to the conversation. I cannot think of another memorial that speaks to them so eloquently. Good job, Carroll County!

In addition to the above, this site boasts a contribution from the "Last Patrol." These guys were part of the education, public awareness and funds raising efforts to build the Maryland State Memorial in Baltimore. Here, they contributed the names of Maryland's lost to a time capsule in site. I read that
the names were hand rubbed at The Wall, in D.C.

The final shot is just of the four flags at the site. I particularly liked the way they looked in the wind, the day I was there.

Next time we will travel back to Massachusetts, so meet me there on the 18th, as always, at 9:00am.

If you would like to see more memorials from Maryland, or any other state, click the state name on the left side of this page.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Maryland V

Westminster, Maryland lies in Carroll County. A beautiful little town that boasts History, shopping and a an Irish pub! Not far from these lies an outstanding Vietnam memorial dedicated to the 19 from the area who were lost. Westminster is a town of fewer than 20,000 and is the County Seat.

The memorial has several interesting features and I expect it will take two separate posts to show them all to you.

The site consists of three panels, each addressing some specific aspect of the war. today I will concentrate upon the main panel which lists the names and likenesses of all 19 lost vets and is dedicated to those who loved them.

The central panel depicts a map of Vietnam overlying a map of Carroll County. It is enclosed by two other panels that I will address next time.

Each of the 19 heroes are remembered here, their likenesses forever present to remind all of the cost of war and the heroism of the few.

I have seen a few of these memorials that include these photo like images. They never fail to amaze me in that they are so lifelike.

Next time, on the 13th, I will post the remaining photos from this remarkable site. So, join me, as always, at 9:00am.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Maine VI

The town of Orono sits on a picturesque lake, or pond as they are called locally, in Maine. The place looks as if it could be used as a site for postcards, it is so beautiful. But, there on a little point, shaded by trees, over looking the pond, is a memorial to two of her sons.

What is most startling to me is that the one on the right could very easily be me. We look like twins. It is really quite disconcerting to look at a memorial and see your own face staring back at you.

This happenstance stuck with me and I did some research and found an actual picture of this man and in reality we don't look so much alike, but that etching is scary!

Mr. Nadeau in 1966
Me in 1967

 So, you tell me. Doppelganger? Another strange fact is that we were born just 12 days apart.

While looking into Mr Nadeau, I found a story about how his Purple Heart was lost and seemingly gone forever, but through some unlikely events was recovered. Read all about it here:

So, next time we will be in Maryland, so join me there, in The Free State, on July 8th, as always, At 9:00am.

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