Growing up in Burrwood

Monday, October 24, 2011

Potpourri of colors

We had such a good time when we went up north a couple of weeks ago. We went back to Wildcat mountain to see the changes of the leaves. It wasn’t quite a peak yet but pretty none-the-less. Here’s before and after pictures.
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It really is gorgeous country up there. The ride up was pretty too. I took lots of pics but I’ll put them in a slide show so as not to take up so much space in here.
My favorite part of the trip though was when we went to a Veterans Memorial. It isn’t a war memorial, it’s a memorial to Veterans from every branch of the service and tells about what and where they served in all the wars they have been in. Bill is a Navy Veteran and was wearing his Navy hat that day. I can’t tell you how proud of him I was that day when people would come up to him, shake his hand and thank him for serving. It actually brought tears to my eyes.
My favorite and most heart breaking place at the memorial was the statues of the fountain of tears. It Reminds us of the "cost of war". A GI, holding his buddy's dog tags in one hand while his other hand is resting on the helmet that is placed on an impaled M-16 rifle of his fallen comrade, is the genesis for the tears that flow through five teardrops into a stream bed and under a bridge into a pond. Seated at the edge of the pond are the wife and child of the deceased Hero. This tribute is interactive, allowing visitors to touch the sculptures and "feel the pain" endured by those who are left behind. See what I mean.
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The fountains are in the tear shape as it flows down to the wife and child waiting for her husband. I didn’t know Bill when he was in the Navy, I met him right after he got out and I must say, I’m grateful for that.
They also had a replica of the Liberty Bell there that you could actually ring, so of course I had to ring it. When I did everyone there stopped what they were doing and turned to look lol. Since I couldn’t get a good video of me ringing the bell I had Bill do again hehe. 

It has a nice ring to it wouldn’t you say?

3 comments:

  1. Wonderful post. That is a beautiful sound from that bell.

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  2. What an interesting place to go. Wouldn't mind seeing that myself. Would also like to go see the Firemen's memorial site.

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  3. Memorials have an even more potent meaning when we have those we know and love who have served or are serving. There's a big controversy around one of our local memorials because of a statue of Christ...I wish they'd just leave stuff like that alone. Have a blessed day my friend.

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