Thursday, January 24, 2019

Idaho VIII

I've not been to Idaho in quite a while. It was, however, the very first memorial I wrote about on this site.

This month makes the 10th anniversary of the first pictures I ever took for A Means to Heal and I will probably have more to say on that in the very near future.

These pictures while the first posted were actually taken a number of months into the project. I had been mulling over the idea of creating a site to share this journey on and while in Montana, visiting my friend John Spitzberg, we drove down to Twin Falls and took these pics. It was sitting in John's living room that I wrote the first post for A Means to Heal.

These will be  a continuation of my Faces of Remembrance series.

These faces on the newer memorial in Twin Falls have been interpreted differently be different people.

Some say they represent a soldier, a prisoner, and a protestor, while others say the young woman id a female military person. I have spent quite a bit of time trying to find out if one of these is correct or maybe something else altogether. I recently wrote to the creator of the plaque with the faces, but he has not yet responded.



 This is the plaque upon the memorial.


 The Soldier





The Prisoner


The Woman

It is the woman that is up for question. She has an American Flag behind her, seemingly, perhaps, around her shoulders and it is quite unclear whom she might be or represent.

I hope the artist makes contact as I would love to know his original intent. when I first wrote about this site, so long ago, I said that I thought it appropriate to include a protestor, to try to speak to the larger story of the war. Since then I have seen these other claims that she is actually a female solder. I don't know if this is true, revisionist history, or if we will ever know for sure.

If I hear from the sculptor I will certainly update you .

Next time, on the 29th, we will return to Illinois, so join me there, as always, at 9:00am.

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

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