As long as the book does not contain secret information that is still actively classified it does not matter. The politicians make a fortune telling their silly stories and I can bet you some of it was classified at one time. - John Dike
Vinton, Iowa, is a very typical small town USA.
One of our better achievements is the placing and honoring of our veterans of Vinton and Benton County. We have two memorials honoring local veterans and some placed in honor of their accomplishments in our community, incliding Legionnaires from American Legion Post 57.
One memorial is a 105mm Howitzer honoring a 30-year Marine major that passed on.
I am a U.S. Navy veteran with two honorable discharges. At the end of 2013 I decided to embark on a mission to find the veterans parks or memorials within my county (Broward), take pictures and see what can be done to improve them. The improvement might be cleanup, placing new memorials, and/or rebuilding the existing memorials for the new generation of veterans. My first accomplishment was an M-60 tank in the city of Oakland Park that was just rusting away. Well, 10 months later we cleaned and repainted the tank. I am working with the Town of Davie to redo their Veterans Park.
On Memorial Day 2003, we dedicated a veterans' memorial in Sun City which is part of the city of Georgetown, Texas. It is entitled the Georgetown/Williamson County Memorial. It consists of an 80-foot-wide wall that is 6 feet high. There is a separate wall that is 16 by 6 feet that lists all residents of Williamson County, Texas, who lost their lives in combat back to the Spanish-American War.
The memorial is located within Sun City.
In Keener, Ala., World War II veteran and Legionnaire James B. Williams saw that his hometown comrades were honored with a monument to their service. Remarkably, the 33 men from Keener who served during WWII all returned home safely.
Photo courtesy of Joseph Uhnak
With overwhelming community support, a memorial in the center of Palmerton, Pa., honors local veterans from the Revolutionary War through war and peacetime to the present.
The memorial is located in Palmerton Park, on land the city donated. Twenty-four stones are engraved with the names of the area's veterans, listed chronologically except for names added on since it's been opened.
Photo courtesy of Easton Area High School Memorial | From left to right: Chuck Snyder, Sam Sanguinito and EAHS Superintendent John Reinhart wield shovels at the memorial groundbreaking on Nov. 11, 2014.
A memorial in front of a local high school in Easton, Pa., will honor its nearly 300 graduates who fought in the Vietnam War.
Sam Sanguinito is a Marine Corps and Vietnam veteran, as well as a Legionnaire.
This memorial is dedicated to all who gave their lives in service to their country from Mecklenburg County, Va., from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terrorism. The monument contains the names of 578 citizens who made the ultimate sacrifice. It is open year-round and is located in downtown Clarksville, Va., at the intersections of Highways 15, 49 and 59 Business. Memorial brick pavers also surround the monument in honor or memory of any veteran who served honorably in military service. Services are held each Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Every Veterans Day and Memorial Day, Edison Park Post 541 in Chicago holds an American Legion ceremony at Monument Park in Chicago. This monument was put together in World War I to honor all who had served. The post refurbished the monument and rededicated it to U.S. veterans of all wars. These ceremonies are community affairs for all members of the community.
On Saturday, Jan. 24, members of the American Legion Riders, Auxiliary, SAL, and post members of Frank Wendland Post 253, Royal Oak, Mich., helped staff members at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Mich., remove the more than 11,000 wreaths that were placed on veterans' graves on Dec. 13, 2014, through the Wreaths Across America program. Government regulations dictate that all decorations be removed by the end of the week beginning Jan. 21.
The late World War II veteran, POW and Olympian Louis Zamperini is making headlines because of the box office success of his biopic, "Unbroken." But in Olean, N.Y., the town where he was born, Zamperini's actions are etched in stone. Literally.
A monument to Zamperini now stands in War Veterans Park in Olean, a short walk from the local recreation center. Legionnaire and Vietnam veteran Bill Moore served on the committee to erect the memorial.
In South Toms River, N.J., the homestate to two submarine inventors, veterans are at work to add a fitting monument to an existing memorial sub torpedo. American Legion Post 517 member Robert Cloupe said two local United States Submarines Veterans, Inc. bases will add a black granite monument that lists each of the 65 American submarines lost.
The submarines lost through World War II will be etched on the front, those post-WWII on the back. Dolphins will crown the front of the statue as well.
American Legion Post 95 of East Ridge, Tenn., has gotten a new look thanks to Randy Newman, a painting contractor in Ooltewah, Tenn.
Steve Hemstreet, house manager for Post 95, stated that Newman came to Post 95 on Veterans Day 2014 and said he would like to do something for the veterans who had served our country.
Newman furnished all labor and material to re-image Post 95 at no charge.
He completed the project on Jan. 12.
By Charles Molineaux
MADISON, AL (WAFF) -
As the saying goes, some gave all... only for the passage of time to remove the legacy of a veteran's sacrifice.
Eagle Scout John Silvernail has been doing his part for America's veterans in the cemeteries of Madison, making sure that their graves are marked and honored.
"They go to war and they defend this country, and they risk their lives doing it," John said.
Around the holidays, The American Legion places wreaths on veterans' graves.
On Sept. 19, 2014, the Suffolk County American Legion held a POW/MIA vigil in Babylon, N.Y. County and state officials, as well as numerous members of the American Legion Family, were present. Visit www.suffolkcountylegion.org for more photos from the event.
I, as adjutant of American Legion Post 5 in Colorado Springs, received a call saying that we had failed to honor a local hero. The photo is the last known photo of Pfc. Floyd K. Lindstrom. He went off to World War II from Colorado Springs at 30. He had a fiancée pass away five months before entering service. During a air raid in Sicily Floyd was awarded a Silver Star for saving men and equipment. On Nov. 11, 1943, he became a "One Man Army" for breaking up a German counterattack. For his actions that day Floyd would be awarded the Medal Of Honor.
Our town, Berryville, in Clarke County, Va., is typical of the small communities found in the rural areas of the USA. We have the pleasure of enjoying the beauty of the town’s location at the north end of the Shenandoah Valley, just west of the Shenandoah River, and in the morning shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
As with any town, it has its successes and failings. One lingering fault was that for years Memorial Day was observed with two separate services on Memorial Day weekend. The programs were held at two different times and locations that were only a mile apart.
In 2013 a group of Vietnam veterans from southwest Florida discovered that a traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall was for sale in Texas. Their question: Why couldn't we bring a permanent Vietnam Memorial Wall to Charlotte County, Florida?
Florida has one of the largest concentrations of veterans, and particularly Vietnam veterans - second only to California and Texas.
While the Wall in Texas was too expensive, a group of veterans joined together to form the Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida Committee to design, raise funds and build a memorial wall in Charlotte County.
Making the landscape work double-time, residents of Eagle Grove, Iowa, will remember military sacrifice every time they pass through town. The Veterans Memorial Tower recycles a once-abandoned grain elevator near downtown as a simple monument emblazoned with sayings such as "God bless America."
The 3,000-foot structure will also display military branch insignia and the POW/MIA flag. Other illustrations will commemorate 9/11 and the 34th Infantry Division, which used to be based in the town.
When one thinks of World War II veteran memorials, they usually think of parks or town squares with lawns, flowers and marble monuments. But that’s not always the case.
There’s one in the corner of Francis Israel Cafeteria at the Walker Campus of Bevill State College in Jasper, Ala. It has no plaques, or spotlights highlighting it prominently, but it’s an important piece of our history.
I am a 77-year-old Dutch-born U.S. disabled veteran. As a United States Air Force veteran, I have served in many countries. I was born in Holland and in 1944-1945 met many World War II GIs who gave their lives for our liberty.
At that time our house in Kerkrade housed about 25 GIs during 1944-1945. Many of them didn't survive it; they have been taken to rest at the American Cemetery at Margraten, Holland. Margraten is one of the 26 cemeteries which are maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission.
Every year I attend the official Memorial Day, invited by the U.S.