Sunday, November 11, 2012

Remembrance Day

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Lt. Col. John McCrae, M.D.
Today we remember the dead of previous wars, and the soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen and women who guard us today.
I took a little trip yesterday to Fort Leavenworth, to take some pictures to show you of some monuments there...
This is the Buffalo Soldier Monument... it has a reflecting pool and fountain during warmer months.
Buffalo Soldiers originally were members of the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, formed on September 21, 1866 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. This nickname was given to the "Negro Cavalry" by the Native American tribes they fought; the term eventually became synonymous with all of the African-American regiments formed in 1866:
Although several African-American regiments were raised during the Civil War to fight alongside the Union Army (including the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and the many United States Colored Troops Regiments), the "Buffalo Soldiers" were established by Congress as the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army.[1] On September 6, 2005, Mark Matthews, who was the oldest living Buffalo Soldier, died at the age of 111. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery
From any angle, he's impressive.  He was sculpted by Eddie Dixon.
Not far from the Buffalo Soldier, by the shores of Lake Scott, is this monument:
I think this sculpture is remarkable, and very life like.
This monument is dedicated to the Army's first black parachute infantry.
At the end of the avenue bearing his name is my favorite monument.  I'll have Keith write someday about my devotion to this general.  (You'll laugh)
 And pulling back a little, you can see that all the famous battles he led are on the plinth.
(well, you could if I could have gotten a better picture)
(Biggify it)
But of all these soldiers, there is one I love the best.
Here he is at his Command and General Staff School graduation, 1997.
Thank you, Honey, for 24 years of service to your country, and protecting us for all those years! 


  1. May your favorite soldier guard those dear to him for many years to come!

  2. Love the monuments you posted!! You should be very proud of your husband's service!! The dependents know first hand what the military person goes through.

  3. Hello, wonderful all the monuments.......Brave men and women.......Love the soldiers.......Bless them all........Hugs Francine.

  4. Such wonderful monuments, I love stuff like that:-) I pray and hope that one day there will be peace in this world of ours, no more fighting, no more lost lives...for now, I thank all of the men and women, past, present and in the future, who have served their countries, including your hubby. May we never forget. xoxo

  5. Yes, thank you for your service to our great country. We wouldn't have it but for people like you that are willing to put their lives on the line to protect it. Today is your day!

  6. Without your fellow and many others like him, we'd not be a free country.


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