Memorial — Knoxville, Tn
Arrived at the Memorial and was greeted by some Vets and their families (a pleasant surprise). The Memorial is located by a park/water park area/convention center, etc — right there in front of people constantly. Very nice greeting and I was escorted around the Memorial. Individual “walls” with way too many names — there are walls for each of our conflicts with some names singled out for their specific sacrifice — Medal of Honor, WWII death camp survivor — the names of those that we should take that extra step to remember. I wandered thru reading some names, remembering, as always the guys I knew that had similar names. Seems like everything brings back the memories, but a pretty good catharsis. I was filled in on some facts about the Memorial and then the rest of the time we did pictures and socialized. Its always fascinated me how Vets can meet for the first time and become instant friends — or at least strong aquaintences.
These stops sort of build your emotions, and then mellow them, then build all over again. I swear no Memorial is without its faces and voices — just the intensity changes.
Memorial — Frankfort, KY
This is a “Sundial” and is unique in design as well as function. Off the “beaten path” but well worth the effort to find it. The design is simple — a large Sundial with the names of the Kentuckians that have paid the ultimate price engraved in the bricks around the base. The shadow of the dial crosses their name on the day of their death. Engineering and heart!
Its an overall beautiful memorial. I haven’t been here for 10 years so there was a little memory issue but I’d come back here again. The Central Route for Run For The Wall comes here and is a true example of why FNG’s should stand to the front — so you can hear how the Memorial’s are designed. Reading the names is a little different because you’re looking straight down.
This is a wooded area with one large government building off to one side a few hundred yards away — far enough so as not to interfere with the overall esthetics of the Memorial. Beautiful and moving tribute!
Memorial — Columbus, Oh
There are 2 Memorials in Columbus. Unfortunately, I was unable to get into one as it was inside a building that was closed for the day. Th one I did get to was a wall of letters from previous wars. Sample of each type — to Mom, last letter home, coming home, about the battle or war, etc. Quit emotional but taking the time to read them was worth it. Photo’s did not work well but I’ll post what I can.
There was an older family looking at the letters and they were having a hard time. I wanted to ask but thought better of it as on couple appeared to be in their 90's and I’m betting they had a personal involvement in WWII.
Memorial — Ft Wayne, In
This is one of the “different” Memorials. Its way off the track and I think you drive thru 2 miles of cornfields and past some very large homes and yards. I was relatively sure my GPS was wrong — first an older freeway, then a state route and then very sub — suburban roads — and then, there it was. Looked like a house with a farm and turnd out to be MUCH more .It was started by a WWI vet and his family and is still in existence. I believe the property is 45 acres with a resident “keeper” and a group that maintains the land. All wars represented including back to the civil war, each with its own memorial set up. I toured the whole place — visited each of the Memorials. I always see something new and some “repeat” displays but these were all different in some obvious way.
On board the property is an indoor museum — again covering multiple wars. Uniforms, weapons, sample ammo, medals — everything you need to teach someone our war history. Obviously this place is maintained out of respect for our heroes and their families. This is another place where we should all visit and say thanks for maintaining it.