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Borrego Springs, CA

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Getting brakes off of my mind

Since it looked like I’ll be stuck here for at least another night, I decided to do something other than think about brakes today.  I met Robyn for lunch at Red Lobster to enjoy their unlimited shrimp campaign.  You can order as much as you like for $15.99, but a serving of two kinds of prepared shrimp was enough for me.  We had a great visit as well.  Robyn got a call to do a life vest fitting, so on my drive home I decided to stop at the Munster, IN, Community Veterans Memorial.

63 On the way to Anahuac, 20116I’ve visited a few Veteran’s Memorials along my travels, but this one was an especially memorable experience.  It seems each one of these memorials honors veterans in a unique way.  Munsing chooses to honor all veterans of the wars waged in the twentieth century.

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The well groomed brick paved path begins with World War I, my grandparent’s war.  At each station along the path, you can punch a button for an oral history of the war complete with introductory music of the time, and ending with the cost in human lives of the conflict.

63 On the way to Anahuac, 20113Each stop has very moving sculptures depicting the times.  World War II was my parent’s war.  The narrative that accompanies each stop points out each of the things depicted and explains them.  I sat and listened to each one. 

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It was quite windy today, and the clanging of the unknown soldier’s dog tags in the wind from the Korean War monument was especially eerie.

63 On the way to Anahuac, 20115Then, it was on to Vietnam, my generation’s war. 

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I probably spent my most time here.

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It’s never an easy visit for me to any of these veteran’s memorials.  My emotions just seem to bubble to the surface, but what an honorable place this was.

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The Desert Storm memorial.

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The future?  A young, proud boy holds his father’s army shirt and dog tags in his hand as he gazes through the broken glass to the future.  What will become of him?

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

24 comments:

  1. It looks like a very memorable place. Bronze people have always intrigued me. Well, maybe not the ones on horses in the center of cities, but images of ordinary people, children and in this case soldiers.

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  2. An absolutely outstanding post Judy. This memorial sounds like it is far more memorable than many of the well known ones.

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  3. Very moving and well done memorial. You don't even see things done that well in Washington, DC.

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  4. Veterans parks are one of the places I always look for when we visit an area. I have found some of the most moving are in the smaller towns where you really wouldn't expect them. This one is a definite must on my list. Thank you.

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  5. Great memorial to the well-deserved Veterans...very moving! I agree -- it's one of the best I've seen...thanks for sharing it with us!

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  6. I was at that park when it was first built.
    And I use to work for the company where you're staying at when they had an electrical contracting business.

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  7. Looks like a great memorial. We try and visit everyone we can locate in our travels.

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  8. nice to focus on something else for a while!!

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  9. Very good post on the war memorials,I too visit them as often as we can, your pictures were great. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

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  10. What a fantastic memorial. Shame that we even need to have these memorials ... mankind could have learned its lesson a long time ago that wars don't solve anything in the long run. We're too dense, I guess.

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  11. Excellent memorial, the artwork was fantastic.

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  12. Thanks for sharing that memorial. What a great way to honor the vets and to educate the rest of us on the sacrifices they made.

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  13. OK, I just did the ugly, red-eyed, snot nosed cry. I am such a sentimentalist when it comes to our Military soldiers and ALL of their sacrifices...I intend to find that memorial website and post it on my Facebook page..Thanks, Judy, for taking my mind off myself and focusing on what really counts...

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  14. Interesting Veteran's Memorial Park. It's pretty unique, I don't recall seeing one like that anywhere in our travels.

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  15. Wow Judy...

    What a great Memorial they have! That must be a very patriotic village!!! I would have had the same emotional feelings as you...

    Thanks for sharing such great photographs!

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  16. I'm intrigued by them including the music of the times. Music can bring out so many emotions we might otherwise ignore. Thanks for telling us about this place.

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  17. Very thought-provoking post, causing feelings of deep gratitude. Thanks for posting this.
    Sunny

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  18. Very impressive. Looks like something I would want to visit should we ever be in that neck of the woods.

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  19. Howdy Judy & Emma,

    Sorry about all of your problems this year..
    Hope you have gotten them all out of your system.
    Thank you, so much for this moving blog.. It's
    the best one I've seen ANYWHERE!!! Your description was very feeling and clearly brought
    rememberence to many; I know it did me..

    Smooth roads, clear skies & balmy breezes!!!

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  20. Thank you for a wonderful post. I also get emotional at war memorials, especially Vietnam. It was such a hard time...as is every war. What a great memorial.

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  21. You have just put a spot I must see on my "bucket list".
    Thanks for the great post on the memorial.

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  22. Guess this was a silver lining in all your motorhome problems. What a wonderful memorial.

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  23. Thank you for sharing your visit to the memorial.

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