Memorial — Idaho Falls, Id
Th Idaho Falls Memorial is a huge inverted “V” symbolizing both sides of the war — supporting the efforts of our military and questioning our governments decisions. At the end of the day, as the sun goes down, the shadow made by the “V” stretches across the field.
The Memorial stands alone focusing your attention on it - it lists the names of those from Idaho — honoring them in their sacrifice. Posing the question of our involvement and then lack of support by our own government is appropriate — we all wondered the same thing — then, since then, and, until we go to our graves. A question that can never be answered as our government at the time didn’t have the compassion for their military, nor the stones to fight the war THEY started.
Looking at the monument also brings back the memories of what the “V” — a peace sign at the time, was an insult to our men and woman serving everywhere. I don’t need the reminder but it makes others ask about the significance — a chance for us to answer for our long gone brothers and sisters. But…..
Memorial — Missoula, Mt
This was one of the Memorials I’ve been waiting to get to. I have this Memorial tattooed on my left arm and it has a lot of meaning for me in many ways. My tattoo has a POW and USA flag added to it as we wanted a little more meaning to my tat AND some color. This is the “Warrior Angel” lifting a Fallen to heaven — the original Memorial did not have a flag on the Angel.
When we got there today we were floored! Someone had draped an American Flag over one arm (not us) but it very much resembles my tat. One of the grounds keepers told us different organizations come in and replace the flag when it starts to fade. Needless to say it had an impact on me that I wasn’t expecting. Very cool, regardless, and very good that organizations are keeping the flag in good shape — voluntarily. It shows that many people continue to care.
In this park there are other Memorials to all our conflicts including the “lesser know” such as Panama, Grenada, Mogadushu — and also includes Memorials to Fallen PD & FD. A lady came by, when she saw me looking at the Memorial just to tell me thank you for my service in Vietnam. To my Vietnam brothers — these “Thank you’s” are very appreciated but they bug the daylights out of me — the thank you and recognition belong to you, and to those on the Wall, and to all the families, not to me.
Another reason today was special — we received word that another of our Vietnam brothers will be leaving us very soon. Army SgtMaj Jon Cavaiani — Medal of Honor recipient, has been very ill. Jon, like many of my brothers, loves a good glass of JD. At the base of the Memorial today, there was a bottle of JD.
Say a prayer, have a shot of JD in SgtMaj Cavaiani’s name, and,
Memorial — Spokane, Wa
Very difficult to find. Building the monument is important. Maintaining the monument is important. Finding the monument is important.
A simple monument near where the 1974 Worlds Fair was hosted (I believe). The list of names of the Fallen with a lone soldier sitting atop the monument. Reflecting on the loss? Wondering about his family left behind? Wondering about his brother’s families now alone in the world — no husband, father, brother. A loss many do not and have not ever understood. There will b a time when there are no more wars. There has to be that time as we CAN NOT continue to lose our brothers.
My emotions are getting the best of me and its getting harder and harder to remember. Please — NEVER FORGET our past and future.
Memorial — Portland, Or
Working around my “break” time and I was able to get to a couple of Memorials. Today was Portland, Or. Relatively easy to find (with the help of some people that had just found it themselves).
This Memorial is on the side of a hill that is all grass and trees — plenty of space for anyone that’s looking for some quiet relaxing time. I doubt if it was intentional, but above these people are the names of those from Oregon that died protecting their freedoms, and now, watching over them.
But by far the thing I noticed above all was one of the individual Panels. There are 10 individual Panels with the names of the KIA and POW/MIA from each year. Two of the pictures I sent to Twitter today was the Panel for 1968/1969. Take into consideration that my second tour in ‘Nam was more or less from the middle of ‘68 to the middle of ‘69. This one panel gives you a real example or lesson in the Vietnam War and the amount of our young people that made the ultimate sacrifice. When you look at this twitter picture feed for today, and you look at those names — again, just from Oregon — that one half of them made that sacrifice JUST while I was there. I’m not implying that I knew these heroes, I’m stating simply that one half of the names you see died in just 6 months.