Memorial — Neillsville, Wisconsin
The High Ground. This has got to b 20 mils out into the country — intentionally as thy wanted it to be a quiet healing place removed from the noise of people, cars, etc. They succeeded on all counts. A work in progress and one of the few privately funded memorials in the country. It covers everything INCLUDING a large Gold Star Garden. There is also a giant boot print in the process of being built that will symbolize a bunch of stuff — more on that in the future. The individual memorials are amazing. Each war, a Memorial to the Native American’s that served, the familis, everyone. I can’t remember the name of one specific one (I believe its called the (“Crying Place”) but its a soldier standing with his hand on a “Soldiers Cross” and in front of him seated a few feet away, is a new Gold Star wife, holding the folded flag. Next to her is a young girl, the new Gold Star Daughter. When I was there it was raining — resulting in tears coming down the faces of all 3. The impact on me was quit intense.
Memorial — Chicago, Il
Difficult to find if you’re not familiar with Chicago but well worth the effort. Down on “River Walk” but with virtually no ready parking (4th of July) but a lot easier with the motorcycle (squeeze in). Down a flight of stairs to a small area with fountains and a wall with a list of names of our fallen Vietnam warrior brothers. The names are flanked with the Vietnam Service ribbon, has a fountain directly below the names along with a fountain leading up to it, and in the opposite direction is the river. Today there were party boats, jet ski’s, etc, and on tourist boat announcing that they were passing the Vietnam Veteran Memorial. At the Memorial there were a dozen or so reading the names and some families walking around looking at the fountains. I only spent about 20 mins there as I needed to let someone else park, but it was a quiet and thoughtful time. I often wonder if our fallen know that we care.
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.
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.