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 — 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 — Charlston, WV
It had to happen — the Charleston, WV Memorial was closed for renovation. All I could see was the shell of it but one of the contractors working on it took my IPad and took a few pictures. I’ve tweeted a couple of those to the front page.
It will reopen and be rededicated on Nov 11, 2014.
Sorry — nothing I can comment on.
Memorial — Pittsburgh, PA
06/29/14 (rewritten 6/30/14)
I decided to rewrite some of the below as I was half asleep when I wrote it the first time. Apologies to all.
Ride started out beautiful. Cool, no traffic, beautiful scenery. And then —- the sky turned black — and it poured. Stopped, put the all weather bag over my pack, got the rain suit top out and on. Got the rain suit pants out and on, drove for 10 minutes and it stopped. The rest of the ride was a few drops every now and then, but ok.
Got into Pittsburg (to Joe’s house)and then he and Tom took me to the Pittsburg Vietnam Memorial. Its located at the 3 Rivers area over looking the rivers. Another beautiful Memorial in a great location. To get to the Memorial Joe took us down to ride the walkway along the river. I’m faily sure this is only for “authorized vehicels” so was quite impressed. As you approach the Memorial you can see that you’re coming into a brand new design — Hibiscius Flower Pod — asiatic symbol for rebirth and symbolizing the Warriors return to Peace. This I find extremely important as so many of our warriors are in need of this rebirth. It could not be more appropriate!
The uniqueness of this Memorial — this a Welcome Home display. One couple walking towards each other and a second family reunion — wife, husband, daughter — it tells a story all by itself. Rather than mourning thee dead its much more upbeat and actually shows what we rarely saw but we really needed. The sculpture caught the joy on the daughters face as well as the longing and love on the two adults. There is a plaque called “Welcome Home” with a very true and heartfelt statement. All should read, all should heed. And its never too late to say Welcome Home to any of our veterans. Our Warriors came back to a climate of mistrust, misunderstanding with the bulk of the population trying to forget what they never understood, or were to ashmed to admit to. Our warriors did nothing to warrant this treatment — our previous warriors should have fought more to change the misconception. BUT, at last, everyone is becoming aware of the ongoing sacrifices of our veterans. NEVER FORGET again.
From what I understand — this was a long process and brought to a conclusion, at least in part, due to the Marine Corps League. Obviously the League has been doing a great job everywhere they are.
I had dinner with Joe and members of this Chapter. It was a great evening and while we were eating, it poured! But when I got outside my bike was dry!! All is good at the end of an evening like this. But tomorrow is a new day — with the looks of more rain!!
To Joe, his Chapter, all those at the dinner — I can not say thank you enough for your support of me and my mission, and more importantly, the support of our veterans.
I will NEVER FORGET.