Friday, December 4, 2015

Arizona IX

Just a year ago, last December, I wrote about the wonderful memorial at Bull Head City, Arizona. At the time I said that this was a memorial in two parts and that I would get back to show you the second part at a later date. I had no idea it would take me a year. (You can click on Arizona to the left and then scroll back to see the original post, if you like.)

This side of the memorial (called the south side) slips out in to the Colorado River, but you must completely leave the first half to get to the second half as they are divided by an waterway between them.

On this particular spit of land is a memorial to all those who have been awarded the Medal Of Honor in Arizona.

They are listed here beneath the eternal flame which is a little hard to see but was, in fact, burning.

What is striking about this memorial is that the first eleven names are of Native Americans who aided the Army in the battles that eventually settled the state. Of the remaining nine awardees six are from Vietnam.

Unlike the other (North side) portion of the site which lists the 3,000 lost from the state, this one has a specific memorial to Vietnam.

To get there, take State Highway 95 to Riverview Drive. Travel west (towards the Colorado River and past Rotary Park) until the road ends at Riviera Boulevard, about two miles. Turn left onto Riviera Boulevard and continue about 300 yards, where the road terminates into a large parking lot. Follow the signs to enter the memorial park area.

Next time, on the 9th, we will return to Colorado for the 22nd post from this great state, so join me there at 9:00am.

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

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