Thursday, November 24, 2022

Thanksgiving 2022

Just a quick Thanksgiving wish this morning.

Take time, today, to consider all that you have for which to be grateful. 

This may well vary widely for each of us. For many, it may be family, or health, or wealth, or a hundred other things, but if you follow this project it should, also, be for the men and women who pledge their lives to protect.

And, all of those listed on The Wall and elsewhere, here, and in the 24 cemeteries around the world where our brothers and sisters rest.

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So, have a great Thanksgiving, but take that minute to remember those who are no longer with us and those who are far from home and their families, and be thankful.

Next time, on the 29th, we will revisit Iowa, so meet me there, as usual, at 9:00am.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!

Friday, November 18, 2022

Indiana XII

Well, first off let me say that the poster featured in my Veterans Day post did not post correctly. I have no idea why as it looks perfect in my view. I have tried to adjust it to no avail, so click on the link in the post and you will be able to see it (and many others as it should appear.)

Today, we return to Terra Haute, Indiana for a look at the face in their memorial. See the original post here.

The memorial here honors all but especially the 27 from the surrounding five counties.

This guy represents them all.

I see resignation in this face or perhaps a realization that this is not going well. It always amazes me what an artist can do with the materials the work in.

I have read that there is an effort to move this memorial to a new location. I have not determined that it has actually happened. If I find out, one way or the other, I will surely up date you.

Next time, on the 24th, look for a Thanksgiving wish, as always at 9:00am.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!

Sunday, November 13, 2022

40 years ago today

 The Vietnam memorial in Washington DC was dedicated, on this day, 40 years ago.


I was there.

 




I know The Three Servicemen was added later, but...


So, next time, as previously promised we will take a look at a face from the memorial in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Check it out at 9:00am, as always,

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!

Friday, November 11, 2022

Veterans Day 2022

https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/poster/22poster_lowres.jpg

 
This seems to be an appropriate time to post this reminder.
 
Armed forces Day, the third Saturday of May and it honors those serving.

Memorial Day, Last Monday in May and it honors those that died while serving.

Veterans Day  November 11th and it honors all who served.

Next time, on the 16th, we will return to Indiana, so join me there at 9:00am.

You can see and/or download this poster and many others here.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Hawai'i'

Something a little bit different today.

As you know, if you follow this site with any regularity, that I am really big on sharing faces. Usually those faces come from statues or artwork of some kind representing those who gave so much, often everything, in our efforts in Vietnam.

Most often these faces in the series I call "Faces of Remembrance" come from a statue or some other artwork, from the inanimate,

I got looking at some of my picture from the dedication of the new memorial in Hawai'i' and realized they were full of pictures of actual faces of heroes.

So, today, here are a few of them. A few more another time.

Mary Jacob

Mary is not a vet but she is the creator of the Vietnam memorial at The Punchbowl.



Max Cleland

Max is the only one of these pics that I can swear is a 'Nam vet. If you don't know his story, I cannot recommend highly enough that you look in to it. He is a true American hero (though he would cringe at that) and an inspiration to all. I had the honor of meeting and spending some time with him in Hawai'i' and later nearer to my home. Amazing story, amazing man.

Next time, Veterans Day, I will try to have something special to post. Check it out at 11:11am.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!

Monday, October 31, 2022

Georgia XXII

Back in 2017 I shared some pics from my visit to Ft. Gordon and the surrounding area. One of those smaller memorials was in Columbus, a community show of gratitude and love to those who served and were lost.

You can see that original post here.

In keeping with my ongoing, and seemingly growing, effort to highlight the faces seen on my journeys, the ones I call Faces of Remembrance, I returned today to that small, local, memorial and am sharing the faces from it that represent all who served.



These faces, as is the usual way, seem to be of no particular persons. Artist most often do this to avoid legal hassles down the road. Sometimes the faces or statues are a composite of several people, but I could find no indication that this was true in this case. Imagine if someday someone said "Hey, that's me and I want to be paid"or to have it taken down. What a mess that could be.

Next time, on November 5th, we will revisit Hawai'i', so join me there, as usual, at 9:00am.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Delaware XXII Families of the Fallen

No pictures today which I think is a first, but I wanted you to know about this and I was asked to respect the privacy of those who might be utilizing this facility.
 
When I made my last post from Delaware, I had intended to visit the Campus for Families of the Fallen. Those of us of a certain age well remember the pictures of flag covered caskets returning to Dover AFB.
 
There were no facilities then. And, it remained this way for many years until President Obama decided it should change, that families needed to be welcomed and included. 
 
Well, as it turns out that my visit was not possible. The Campus is reserved for ONLY those who are grieving, no other visitors allowed.
 
This information was copied directly from the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations page.

https://www.mortuary.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/456023/the-campus-for-the-families-of-the-fallen/

April 23, 2020

The Campus for the Families of the Fallen

The Campus for the Families of the Fallen consists of three main areas: the Center for Families of the Fallen, the Fisher House for Families of the Fallen and the Meditation Pavilion. The facilities are designed to provide families with an area of privacy, comfort and support while they are at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, to witness the dignified transfer of their loved one.

Center for Families of the Fallen
The Center for Families of the Fallen was dedicated by Former Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Norton A. Schwartz Jan. 6, 2010.

The 6,339 square foot renovated facility includes segregated areas and rooms for families to use for privacy and separation, a cafe area with snacks and beverages, a meditation room, baby changing stations in both restrooms, a private nursing area in the women's restroom, a children's activity room with a chalkboard wall, games and toys and a separate area with TVs and gaming systems.   

Schwartz and his wife, Suzie, attended a dignified transfer in June 2009 and recognized the need for a facility with enhanced support to families. Families were originally hosted at the Spiritual Operations Center on the residential side of Dover AFB, which was a chaplain's administration building.

In July 2009, the 436th Airlift Wing made a previous Army and Air Force Exchange Service facility, originally slated for demolition, available for the project. A contract for construction was awarded Sept. 30, 2009 and construction began Nov. 6, 2009. Approximately 6 weeks later, the center was outfitted with furnishings and fixtures.

A Memorial Garden was gifted to the Air Force for the center in May 2011 by the Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs to provide an outdoor sanctuary for families.

The Friends of the Fallen, a private, non-profit organization, support the dignified transfer mission with volunteers who attend to the basic needs of a family prior to witnessing the dignified transfer.

More than 9,000 family members and their accompanying military support staff have passed through the Center for Families of the Fallen since it opened in January 2010.

Fisher House for Families of the Fallen
The Fisher House for Families of the Fallen at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, is a unique facility among the Fisher House Foundation's other locations. It is the only one of its kind, designed for families of the fallen and managed exclusively by uniformed personnel. It is designed to provide short-term, on-base lodging to families who travel to Dover AFB to witness the dignified transfer of their loved one.

The 8,462 square foot house is equipped with nine suites that include private, handicapped-accessible bathrooms and common areas that include a multi-cooking station kitchen, and large communal dining and family rooms.

Identified by the Fisher Foundation as a complement to the Center for Families of the Fallen, the Fisher House for Families of the Fallen is the 50th house within the Fisher family of homes. The House was gifted to the Air Force and dedicated Nov. 10, 2010. It opened to the first family Dec. 9, 2010. More than 3,500 family members have stayed at the house since it opened.

USO Delaware provides an assortment of fresh and frozen meal choices, drinks and snacks to make the family's stay on the Fisher House as comfortable as possible.

Meditation Pavilion
Adjacent to the Fisher House for Families of the Fallen is a Meditation Pavilion. The 1,714 square foot Meditation Pavilion provides a quiet place for families to gather, pray and reflect during their stay at the Fisher House. The pavilion is used as a gathering place for families, and is the first and only one of its kind.

Built with private donations to the Fisher House Foundation, the Fisher House for Families of the Fallen and Meditation Pavilion were gifted to the Air Force and dedicated Nov. 10, 2010. 

Next time, on the 31st, we will return to Georgia, so meet me there, as always, at 9:00am.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!

Friday, October 21, 2022

Colorado XXXV

 I had seen some reporting on a Vietnam memorial in Colorado that consisted of the words "In God We Trust" covered in thousands and thousands of pennies. Recently on a trip to the area for personal reasons I decided to see if I could track it down.

Turns out that it was less than an hour from where I was staying, so I headed out. It was not until I actually arrived that I discovered that I had actually visited the site more than ten years ago.

The Leo S. Boston memorial site, when I visited, consisted of a wall dedicated to many who gave their lives for our country and a single jet airplane.You can see that post, from 11 years ago here.

It has expanded with the years.

Today, there are an additional two helicopters and some armored vehicles in addition to the aforementioned "In God We Trust."

The letters were created by Canon City High School students and the pennies were collected and cleaned before being glued in place. All of the pennies are dated from 1965 to 1971, all 58,272 of them.

The copper in the pennies is said to give a different view at different times of the day.

At first, I thought that the darker spots on the letters were missing pennies, but closer inspection showed that they were just darker.

I've, also, read that there is a statue coming. One soldier carrying another to one of the choppers for a "Dust off", no date was given for when it might be placed.

The memorial is in the Col. Leo S. Boston Park, 7.5 miles east of Canon City on US 50, on the left hand side of the road.

Next time, on the 26th, we will return to Delaware, so join me there at 9:00am.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!



Sunday, October 16, 2022

Arizona XXXI

This one will quick and easy. I have read for years about a small memorial on the campus of Cochise County Community College in Sierra Vista,
Arizona. However, when ever I was in the area it seemed that something just got in the way of my getting there. 

Not this time.

I was determined to find and add this tribute to those who did not return to this site.

Building 500 is the Administrative building on campus and on the shaded area just at its entrance sits this bench.

It was a little difficult to find as there appeared to be not a soul on campus the day I was there, early this September. bit, a little trial and error and persistence paid off. I will say it was beastly hot and I was grateful for a little shade.

Something I noted was that all those lost are remembered here, not just those who attended the College. Yeah, the total number is incorrect, but so are most of the memorials I find. The numbers as I have mentioned previously are always subject to change. The current correct numbers are 58,281 as established by the four year audit completed a year or two ago by the VVMF and the DoD. And, they could change again as new names are considered and added, if appropriate, each May.

I'll say it again, I wonder if we have added the last name?

Thank you to Cochise County CC for remembering us.

Next time, on the 21st, we will return to Colorado, so meet me there, as always, at 9:00am.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Alaska XIII

 If you follow along on this site, you know that I have visited Alaska on a couple of occasions. One of the visits led me to Mt. POW/MIA. A Vietnam vet climbed the mountain and planted a POW/MIA flag.

You can find that post  here.

I recently came across an article about how that original flag gets replaced periodically. I contacted the writer and she granted permission for me to reprint it here.

Her name is Amy Bushatz and I found the story on Military.com and I thank her for her permission to reprint here.

These Vets Climb a Mountain in Alaska to Honor POW/MIA

 

Mount POW/MIA stands at 4,000 feet in the Chugach Range in Alaska. A group of veterans led by Kirk Alkire regularly replaces the flags that mark the summit. (Photo: Courtesy of Kirk Alkire.)

 

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- It's not that there aren't other mountain peaks to climb near Anchorage, Alaska.

But for Army veteran Kirk Alkire, one is extra special: Mount POW/MIA.

Part of the vast Chugach mountain range in southern Alaska, the ascent to the peak from nearby Eklutna Lake Road has no marked trail or trail head, no trail maintenance and no official public parking area.

Still, Alkire has made it his personal responsibility to ascend the mountain multiple times per year to keep fresh the POW/MIA and U.S. flags that stand at the mountain's gusty summit.

He makes the climb in part to honor members of his former Army unit -- 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division -- who were posthumously awarded the Prisoner of War Medal after they were abducted and killed by Iraqi insurgents in 2007.

"We do it for the big time days -- Memorial Day, Veterans Day, POW/MIA [Remembrance] Day," he said. "We normally nail it on those specific days, and whenever else we're just out and about and think, 'Today's a good day to hit it.' We just do it."

Kirk Alkire swaps out the American flag at the peak of Mount POW/MIA near Anchorage, Alaska. (There was a video embedded in the story here that would not embed on A Means to Heal)

Designated as Mount POW/MIA by the U.S. Geological Survey in 1999 in honor of prisoners of war and troops missing in action in past and future U.S. conflicts, the mountain stands more than 4,000 feet high and is surrounded by other peaks, including nearby Pioneer Peak, which is over 6,000 feet high.

From entrance point to summit, the unmarked POW/MIA trail gains 3,000 feet over 1.5 miles -- a difficult haul that would test even the fittest hiker.

Before arriving on POW/MIA hikers must also cross Gold Star Peak, where an ever-growing memorial to fallen service members looks out over the Cook Inlet and back across the Chugach Range

Late snow and overgrown brush can make the trek very challenging, and local hikers are advised to bring extra gear due to high winds and rapidly changing weather.

None of that keeps Alkire away. If anything, he said, the uncertainties make the hike better.

"We never run into anybody except sheep and goats up there," he said. "That is another piece of it that makes it so unique and special. It is so beautiful up there in all directions. No matter which direction you look standing on that summit, it's just gorgeous. To me, it's a great secret."

Alkire retired from active duty in 2008, working first as a DoD civilian on JBER and then for Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan as a military liason. He is now fully retired, dedicating his time to a nonprofit that provides guides for visitors to both Gold Star Peak and POW/MIA. The organization recently guided its 100th trip up the peak.

As for the maintenance work, Alkire sees replacing the summit POW/MIA and U.S. flags as an honor -- and he's not alone.

The base exchange and a local Lowe’s store have stepped in with flag donations to make sure Alkire always has a fresh set of flags ready. High winds on the POW/MIA summit mean they are in constant need of replacement.

"We're a part of the community, and most of us are vets as well. We support things like this," Ray Stewart, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service general manager here said in 2017. "Whenever he needs a new flag, he comes up and visits, and we get him one from clothing and sales."

Replacing the flags on the mountain is also a group effort, Alkire said. He makes most of his hikes with a group of other veterans or locals, and has been known to hike two days in a row just so that everyone who wants to go with a group can do so.

This year, after discovering problems with a box on the summit that contains a logbook, the team made a repeat climb with a sledgehammer, rebar and waterproof ammo can containing a new logbook -- about 30 pounds of gear, Alkire said.

They also added a set of photos and information cards in honor of the troops captured and killed in Iraq.

Alkire carries 53 dog tags with him on each hike, in honor of the 53 members of 4-25 who were killed during their 15-month Iraq deployment during 2007 and 2008.

"I love that mountain. To me, in my personal opinion, it is the most rewarding and scenic climb," he said.

-- Amy Bushatz can be reached at amy.bushatz@military.com

 

This story was originally published in September, 2017. 

 

So, once again, my thanks to Amy and Military.com for her permission to use this story and for helping to keep a tradition, started by a Vietnam vet, alive.

Next time, on the 16th, we return to Arizona. Meet me there, as always, at 9:00am.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!


Thursday, October 6, 2022

West Virginia XIV

Back in 2013 I wrote about visiting Morgantown West Virginia and the series of small memorials to several engagements there. Recently, I was in the area once again and saw something about a plaque on a building downtown. I decided to check it out.

It turns out that it was the same location, it has just been revamped and updated. You can check out the 2013 post here.

 

Several wars are remembered here and as a point of interest, the blue strip on the plaza represents the Monongahela River (note the spelling difference between the county and the river) that runs through the area.

        


It is interesting just how little information I can find on this memorial. So, as I do fairly often on this site, I will ask your assistance. If you have any info as to the story of this site, when and why it was changed, etc., I would love to hear from you. You can reach me at the email ion the left side of the page.

Next time, on the 11th, we will revisit Alaska, so join me there, as always, at 9:00am.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Virginia XXVIII

 I was surprised on my several trips to, and research about Roanoke, Virginia that I could find no memorial to Vietnam. It seemed odd that a town of this size would not have anything at all.

It was not until quite sometime later that I discovered that Vinton and Roanoke counties has joined forces to remember and honor all of their lost heroes.

This beautiful memorial does exactly that.

Actually located on a knoll in Vintner, it, appropriately, is called the High ground. All vets will know just what that means. It is at least the second memorial that I have visited with that designation. The other is in Neillsville, Wisconsin and can be seen here and here.

The gazebo like memorial was unveiled in 2011 and honors all who have been lost and all who serve.

The memorial sits on the grounds of a event facility on 11.5 acres

The High Ground designation. for those who may not know, it is said that "a soldier always looks for the high ground" as it is safer.

These are just a couple of views of the memorial and in the not too distant future I will post more with the specifics of those of our lost comrades honored here. The central flag is bronze and I think it is just beautiful.

The memorial may be located at 814 E Washington Ave, Vinton, VA 24179

Next time, on the 6th, we will revisit West Virginia, so meet me there, as always, at 9:00am.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!

Monday, September 26, 2022

Texas XVIII

My very first post from Texas was from a cemetery in Austin. Atop the memorial were three combat soldiers, practically in miniature, you can see that post here.

As is so very often these days I have gone back to try to feature the faces from memorials, today, Texas.

The memorial as noted in the original post is in the Texas State Cemetery where it stands among many other Texas dignitaries and as usual the quality of these pics suffers from the condition of the statue itself and the fact that i had not yet conceived the idea of the Faces of Remembrance series so I was not concentrating on that aspect of the site. Lessons learned.

Here are the three faces from the site.



But, fear not, I have finally gotten back on the road and have visited New Mexico and Arizona and will be in Colorado in a couple of weeks and then on to New York state, so, more memorials on the way. I appreciate your patience and trust that I will be able to post more complete memorials in the very near future.

This does not mean, however, that I don't want you to send me any memorials not seen here! I will, as promised, give you due credit.

Next time, on the first of October, we will return to Virginia, so meet me there as always at 9:00am.

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

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

South Dakota XXII

I am on the road for the first time since Covid shut me down, so this one will be unusually quick.

I was able to find a couple of faces from the memorial at Howard, you can see the original post here.

The memorial, like so many in small towns, honors all who served, whenever they did so, but these two faces are designated as Vietnam.


In 2020 Howard had a population of 754. As I often say, It is amazing what small towns do for their vets. 

Well done, Howard.

Next time, on the 26th, we will make a return to Texas, so meet me there, as always, at 9:00am.

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

Friday, September 16, 2022

South Carolina VIII

I've not spent too much time in South Carolina but some of the memorials there are quite beautiful. the one in Columbia, the state memorial, is pretty amazing and you can see my original posts of it here.

Today, I have tried to pull some of the faces depicted upon the memorial. These, like so many, were taken before the idea to create the Faces of Remembrance series ever occurred to me, so there are not all I hoped they might be, but, I still want to honor them.



Difficult to see but a pilot in flight headgear.


Members of several branches are featured and you can tell that some have worn over the years. I wonder if there is a program to help restore them. I have seen this at other sites and if you click on Kansas, to the left, you can find a post about a restoration project I just happened upon at the University.

These faces represent and honor the 980 South Carolinians who were lost in 'Nam. The memorial is located in Memorial Park in Columbia.

Next time, on the 21st we will return to South Dakota, so join me there at 9:00am.

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


Sunday, September 11, 2022

September 11, 2022

Twenty one years ago, we in my area anyway, awoke to one of those spectacular September days. As I have mentioned before, around my house we call it "San Diego weather," just beautiful: but, never again.

Now on days like that I never fail to remember that day, no matter the date.

Living not too far from Washington DC, the coverage, as I guess it was everywhere, was never ending. My wife drove by the Pentagon every day on her way to work for the Navy. Her office was just minutes away from the Pentagon. Her office had moved recently so she was not close on this fateful day, but some of her colleagues were in the Pentagon as it was attacked. They survived, but it brought it all closer to home for us.

As I have traveled the country photographing Vietnam memorials, I also, always photograph 9/11 memorials as I come across them. While I have seen quite a few research tells me that every state has at least one, now.

I was driving through Pennsylvania and stopped to check out a Vietnam memorial that I had read about. There was no memorial there but I noticed some kind of a memorial near the parking lot and wandered over to find this remarkable tribute to 9-11. 


A remembrance for the many First Responders that were lost.

A piece of the towers.

Located in Red Run Park the memorial was completed in stages and is now complete.  

In my reading, I have not found that anyone from the township was lost on 9-11, but considering that Pennsylvania was one of the three most heavily impacted states, it is not surprising to find this here in a town (ship) of just over 7, 000 people.

Next time, on the 16th, we will revisit South Carolina where I hope to be able to pull some faces from the state memorial in Columbia, so join me there, as always, at 9:00am when we will return to Vietnam memorial posts. 

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

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Pennsylvania XXXVIII

In the past I have shared a couple of pics from the Berks County Vietnam Memorial. Located in a park in Reading there is considerably more here than the wall of names and the statue. You can see the memorial here if you missed it.

Today, I will share a couple of these features that are part of the attempt to honor the 65 KIA?MIA from Berks County.



 

One of the things that strikes me about this memorial is the number of plaques honoring vets that are from local businesses. I will feature some of them in a future post.

Next time, on the 11th, I hope to have something to share regarding 9/11, so join me here at 8:47am.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!

Friday, September 2, 2022

North Carolina XIX

The city of Graham is located in Alamance County in North Carolina. At the Courthouse there you can see a memorial dedicated to the local citizens who died in every war since the Civil War.

Interestingly they also include the U.S.S. Liberty attack in which a local citizen was lost. this of course, is most appropriate, I have just never seen it before.

The memorial stands in front of the Courthouse and is made of granite. It was dedicated in 1996 at no government expense.



R.I.P.

A time capsule was planted and is to be open on April 24, 2049.

Graham is located about 3 and a half miles south east of Burlington.

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

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!

Saturday, August 27, 2022

New York XXVII

How I just happened into Springville, New York, I don't quite recall. I know that it was chance and a happy one at that.

Located in Shuttleworth Park where we, (Steve and I,) just happened to pull over for a break, I guess, we found this memorial to four from the area who gave up their lives in our efforts in 'Nam.

There were no signs or other indications that tipped us off. We just happened to park where we did and notice this site.

I, later, read that there are several memorials in the park, but this is the only one we saw. Kismet?

Note the dates given for the war

In 1965 the population of Springville was roughly 4,000 and to lose four of your citizens seems significant.

As a note of interest, Glenn "Pop" Warner was from Springville and is credited with helping to make football what it is today.

Springville is about 35 miles south and a little east of Buffalo.

Next time, on the 2nd, we will revisit North Carolina for another traditional memorial, so meet me there at 9:00am.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!

Monday, August 22, 2022

New Mexico XXII

As previously promised here are the Faces from the memorial at Tejeras, New Mexico.

These, unlike many others that I post, are actual photos of the men involved, probably found on The Wall of Faces that I wrote about last time.

Isidro Garcia was awarded The Silver Star for his bravery defending a position until a rescue could be completed. He was killed on March 15, 1970. RIP

Jose Cecilio Garcia was one of 50 Marines lost on Hill 881 South in addition to more than 300 ARVN soldiers. He died on April 30, 1967. RIP

It is interesting that the only two killed from the Tejeras area were both named Garcia. It is a common name in the southwest, to be sure, but it strikes me as odd.

Also, if you should ever find yourself near Tejeras, not far from Albuquerque, be sure to ride along Route 66 to experience the "Musical Highway."

Learn all about it here.

Next time, on the 27th, we will return to New York, so join me there, as always, at 9:00am.

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

I will ask, as I do at the end of nearly every post now, for anyone who has pictures of Vietnam memorials not seen here to please send them to me. I will give you full photo credit for the pic and any information about it you may know. Check your state, or anywhere you may have visited, from the list at the left, or any place else. Please send them to the email at the left or directly to me at Ldddad@comcast.net. Thanks!