Thursday, September 3, 2009

THE VIETNAM WAR MEMORIAL IS AT THOMPSON PARK

Once again you have the opportunity to see one of America's most powerful and emotional memorials ever created. The Wall is a silent tribute to the troupes that died during the Vietnam War. It also serves as a Memorial to those who served in this war, both living and dead.

Almost like a mirror, you can see me pretty plainly as I snap this pic. They stood in front of me and gave their lives to make sure my freedoms were secure. I had shed a few tears by the time I reached the end of the Wall thinking about that. I always think of that scene in Rambo where he talks about the horrors of that war and then they came home to be spit on and called baby killers. I wonder how we could have done that, and I am grateful we came to our senses and honored them as they deserved.



A lot of time went in to setting this up. You step along a stone walk as you view the names, surrounded by red wood chips and flowers. American flags and the black and white flags that remind us of our POW MIA's line your journey as well. The black reflective surface is inscribed with more than 58,000 military personnel who died or are missing in Vietnam. Created in 1990, the replica is 8 feet high and 240 feet long.




While it looks like a strange design on the side, it is the names of The Fallen or Missing on the wall that you see.





Here is a basic schedule of the events while the wall is here.
September 4- Opening ceremony at 6pm with Guest Speaker Brigadier General John Bahnasen of the United States Army

September 5- POW MIA Ceremony starting at 6:30 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance sung by 7 year old Sarah Harrold. This is the biggest night as over 1700 motorcycles are coming through to honor those who fought in the Vietnam War.

The Wall will be at Thompson Park through September 7. For more information on The Wall please check this link out: http://thewall-usa.com/information.asp

What Happened To Morgan's Monument?


To the left is the former site of Morgan's Monument. There is nothing there now but lots of high grass and weeds. To the right is what it once looked like. To any one who doesn't know what Morgan's Monument is-

This is General John Hunt Morgan. He was a rebel soldier who led the furthest most attacks on Northern soil during the Civil War. He finally surrendered in West Point, Ohio. Once upon a time there was a monument marking the place of his surrender, but it is gone now. I heard it has been moved at least three times. I did manage to find the tree trunk that he surrendered by. It is in Gaston's Mill at Beaver Creek State Park. I heard his sword is in the Wellsville River Museum, but haven't got that confirmed yet. Now, where is the monument? If any one knows, please email me. It is supposed to be less than 1000 feet from its original resting place, but if it is, I can't find it.
Columbiana County has the coolest history that we either ignore or take for granted. I am ashamed to say I didn't even know they moved the monument. But I sure would like to find it now.