Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Talking Tuesday

It has been my honor to visit numerous Monuments and Memorials, throughout the world. I have posted photos of three which have touched my heart the deepest.
Which Monument or Memorial means the most to you?

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial , St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France


USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii


Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C.

6 comments:

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Girl...........Prince and I have visited the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in D.C. many times. It is so very inspiring. I love how people walk around and speak in quiet hushed tones with reverence and awe.
A favorite place of mine........

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Mary Ellen said...

The Vietnam Memorial is magnificent and the sight of all the people touching the names or making rubbings is so moving. The last time I was in DC, I was incredibly impressed by the World War II memorial, which was new since I had been there. It's such a beautiful tribute to my dad's generation.

Donna said...

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is quite touching. A simple design with a huge impact.

Sarge Charlie said...

you got to know I will say "The Wall" I have been there 4 times and could not contain my tears. The Arizona is just as emotional, never made it to Normandy but I suspect it would have the same effect.

coffeypot said...

I, too, have been to the Wall several times, the first one being on a Fathers Day. The tears did flow. I have also been to the Arizona Memorial and Hawaii's Punch Bowl Memorial Cemetery - known as Acres of Honor.

I was able to visit the Hiroshima Memorial in Japan. At that time (‘63) there was a huge table with a model of Hiroshima after the bomb blast, and, being in Navy uniform, I got some strange looks for a few of the Japanese visitors. On woman who looked old enough to have been there looked up to me with a dirty look as if to say, “See what you did?” I just smiled back at her and said, “Remember Pearl Harbor, Bataan, Corregidor, Wake Island?” Then I pointed a finger at her and said, “It was YOUR fault.” My buddy, Greg Hodgson (who died in the sinking of my ship) gently took my arm an led me to another part of the exhibit. Hell, I don’t know why…I could have taken that old woman.

Flag Gazer said...

This is a tough one - they are each so powerful in their own way... And, I grew up in Hawaii where Pearl Harbor and Punchbowl were a very real part of my life.

But, one of my most emotional moments as an American was standing on Surrender Field where the British surrendered to George Washington...