And climb the stairs to the beach...

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Morning Folks 09 16 07

Today on a Sunday morning news show they had a story about the little town of Hendersonville, NC pledging to raise the money to send all their WWII veterans to the WWII memorial in Washington DC. An organization called Honor Flights helped get them all there on various flights.

They said in the news story that many communities throughout the nation have followed their example and are also in the process of providing a way for their vets to visit the site. That story really moved me, having seen that memorial myself last fall with Ed. Of course I thought of my Dad the entire time we were there and with every picture we took. I don't think I ever shared these on the blog before, but even if I have, I think they are worth repeating.

As we approached the memorial, this was the view.

Each Branch of Service is honored near the entrance.

Americans Came to Liberate

and to End Tyranny

Situated on the Mall between the Washington monument

and the Lincoln Memorial... is a large memorial with a pool and fountains in the center...

...flanked by two arches, one at each end.
The Atlantic Theater Arch on one end

and The Pacific Arch on the other;

Circling the pool are 56 pillars, one for each of the 48 states and each territory, as well as Washington DC.,

Massachusetts pillar third from left, where my Dad lived when he went into the Navy.

New York's pillar; where Dad was born and lived until he moved to Sudbury in 1942.
Dad was stationed in the Phillipines during the war.

Overview of memorial that I found on the web. On either end are the Atlantic and Pacific Arches. Directly in center at top of picture is the Freedom Wall.
A little comic relief in the midst of it all.

There are tributes and plaques throughout the memorial marking the various events in history.

Pearl Harbor-Roosevelt


General Dwight D. Eisenhower

President Truman

The Wars End

General Douglas MacArthur

The Freedom Wall
"Here We Mark The price of Freedom"

A gold star for every fallen hero...4,048 stars...1 for every 100 lost. More than 400,000 lives.

It is a beautiful memorial, certainly a fitting tribute for these veterans to whom we owe our freedom. Thank you.

Have a great day.



1 comment:

  1. Very nice pictures. One of my favorite Memorials on my trip to DC


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