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.
A two-foot piece of mangled steel from the World Trade Center has found its final resting place at the Egg Harbor City, N.J.’s municipal building.
Commander Tom Messina of the American Legion Rudolph Elmer Post 158 and Egg Harbor City’s Mayor Lisa Jiampetti requested the relic from the World Trade Center Steel Program. The remnant of twisted metal was one of close to 2,000 pieces of varying sizes of artifacts that were carefully preserved in a joint effort by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Their quest took almost two years.
Housed in Hangar 17 at New York’s John F.
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To kick off Veterans Day Weekend, on Nov. 7, Johns Creek, Ga., will dedicate its new Veterans Memorial Walk. At that dedication, Girl Scout and guest of honor Sabrina Yvellez will help raise the flag. She's 14 years old and responsible for the Women's in Service section of the memorial, raising more than $10,000 to make it a reality.
When Sabrina decided to tackle a Girl Scout Silver Award project, she began the hunt to find a cause she could be passionate about in her community.
A member of my 1967 high school class was left off the Vietnam Memorial in our local Fort Walla Walla Park. Coming home after being gone for 27 years, I saw the memorial and realized that Orla D. Hammack, who died in Cambodia, was not listed. Working with the Parks Department of Walla Walla, we realized how this was missed. His name is now on the memorial.
The Watertown Veterans Memorial in Watertown, S.D., began as an idea two vets scribbled on a napkin in a local coffee shop, and came to fruition in 2006. It includes veterans from all conflicts from the Civil War through the present — with about 2,700 names, from 38 different states, already engraved on its granite wall and a plan to add more.
The inscriptions list years served and branch of service alongside the names without a rank.
"We treat them all alike," said Ordean Bierman, memorial treasurer. For $125 and with proof of service and honorable discharge, names can be added.
The "world's tallest tribute to freedom," is a 400-foot tall flagpole waving an American flag that's 7,200 square feet. The pole is about 100 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty, its flag is four stories tall, and it stands in an unlikely location: an insurance company campus in Sheboygan, Wisc.
"The purpose No. 1 was to sincerely thank veterans. No. 2 was to be a source of inspiration," Sheboygan resident and Acuity CEO Ben Salzmann said.
Veterans in Granville County, N.C., are now honored with a memorial thanks to Post 90 in Oxford, N.C.
The Granville County, N.C., Veterans Memorial, which cost about $25,000, was paid for through donations, selling commemorative bricks to honor veterans and a T-shirt campaign, said Frank Strickland, Post 90 fundraising chairman.
"We started at a low budget, but once the project started and the support from the community caused us to change our plans.
In Anthon, Iowa, a new Iwo Jima Memorial stands beside Post 389.
Legionnaire Marvin Hansen served at Iwo Jima on a supply ship.
"He said they woke up that morning and they could see that flag and it put a whole new light on everybody's face," said Joe Harbaugh, Navy veteran.
The monument was Harbaugh's brainchild. It was an idea he couldn't shake, then began overtaking his basement in 2007. He wanted to honor Hansen, a friend and active member, as well as see through one of his preoccupations.
Purple Heart Appreciation Day, Aug. 7, is a date to remember and honor those who have been wounded or killed in service to the United States. But at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor, N.Y., that commemoration happens every day.
Afghanistan veteran Capt. Aristeas K. Tzovaras will receive the Purple Heart at 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Hall. Lt. Col. Mark Baaden, who received the Purple Heart last year and served under Tzovaras, will present it.
A Korean War veteran who wishes to remain anonymous still wishes to honor his fallen comrades with this beautiful monument. He had this large rock on his property, and hauled it to where it sits now. He made this beautiful artwork with real materials. His helmet from the war is also in the display.
On July 13, 2014, American Legion Post 473 and VFW Post 5010 of Freeland, Pa., honored recipients of the Purple Heart with a dedication service. The dedication was hosted by Post 473 Commander Gerald Gaffney and Post 5010 Commander William DeFrancesco. Speaking at the ceremony were congressman Louis Barletta and Judge Thomas Munley. During this ceremony at the beautiful Freeland Public Park, a shining new monument was unveiled. Under the shade of the park's grand old oak trees, the monument was dedicated to those who have earned one of America's most honored medals: the Purple Heart.
The Lutz-Land O’Lakes American Legion Post 108 places small American flags on the grave of each identifiable veteran at the Lutz cemetery three times a year. We do this on each Independence Day, Veterans Day and Memorial Day and have been doing these postings for many years.
We posted approximately 165 flags during the last posting in the Lutz cemetery on July 3. The flags remain for about three days and are recovered by the post for use on the next occasion.
Henderson County, Ky. - home of two Medal Of Honor winners, World War II veteran Luther Skaggs Jr. and Vietnam War veteran Gary Littrell (still living) - honors all our fallen soldiers in Henderson County by placing crosses in Central Park. At last count there were approximately 4,700 crosses, which has grown from the original 49 first honored in 1947 when this began.
On Memorial Day 2014, a day on which we remember those who made their final call while on active duty, American Legion Homer White Post 66 of Hiawatha, Kan., made a special dedication to a fallen Vietnam hero and a tribute to all veterans with a U.S. flag pole and a special carved stone.
The stone reads, “DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF CPL JAMES “JC” STRUBE US ARMY KILLED IN ACTION JUNE 11, 1969 VIETNAM A TRIBUTE TO HIM AND ALL VETERANS LET US NEVER FORGET THEIR SACRIFICES.” The post's Memorial Day activities included speeches by Lt. Col. Erich Campbell and Col. William W.
Almost 70 years after the end of World War II, a new Dutch project will remember the thousands of soldiers who have been buried in the American War Cemetery and Memorial Netherlands in Margraten, Netherlands.
This is the year in which the Netherlands celebrates and commemorates the 70th anniversary of its liberation and Operation Market Garden.
Each year, Paradise Post 149 participates in the annual Flags Over the Dam, a procession from Hoover Dam to the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev. Nearly 1,000 riders from across the community converge on the Arizona side of Hoover Dam and are then escorted across the dam and to the cemetery for memorial services. There are no speeches from politicians, only the heartfelt remembrance of those who served before us, with simple ceremonies by veterans for veterans.