A pictorial essay on the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Chicago, Illinois which replaced the original memoiral on November 11, 2005. The Chicago Vietnam memorial is located along the Chicago Riverwalk at 25 East Riverwalk South.
There are more than 2,900 Illinois service men listed on the engraving, a dedication plaque, a waterfall fountain with fourteen jets, and engraved pavers from the original monument.
We are over a month removed since Veteran’s Day 2016. We must always remember, and never forget those who have served and are serving our country.
Make a point to visit this outstanding monument to the brave men and women that served so valiently when our country called.
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And the Old. May someone take your picture today. May they hold your hand and thank you. May someone not be embarrassed to tell you how proud they are of your courage and strength. May they be the example to others that just walk by you….
Pictured here is our son. A Marine. Holding a bottle that his dad just randomly picked from about 30 cold bottles sitting in ice.
He has not been to war. He is 18 and has dedicated his life now and ahead of him,as so many others have,before and with him,to his country.
He is not among some that are ruining their young lives with drugs,not able to even think of someone else,let alone,thank a Veteran,or even notice those that have moved on,those that have sacrificed their lives.
I just picked our son up from school. I really felt like bragging on him today. He is a senior this year. He has always been on the honor roll his whole life, except maybe two times. He was born on my late brother’s birthday. He memorizes what is taught in each class, what he see’s in movies and what he reads. He is full of energy, full of humor,full of love, and full of life. He opens doors for, and is, respectful to women. He still waves at me and kisses and hugs me in public. He is by far, the best Uncle there is. He makes over each niece and nephew and always picks them up and plays with them! He tells about Robot Chicken and SNL in a way that makes me laugh harder than when I watch them myself. He conquers every video game out there,and makes up and does amazing artwork for games himself. He really is an awesome artist and writer! A few weeks ago, he was telling me that the senior’s in his JROTC class would be going to the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN right before Christmas to visit with and hand deliver Christmas cards to them. I was so proud of him tonight when I picked him up. He was so excited when he got in the van. He truly enjoyed being there. He talked to one man that had guarded the men that placed the American flag on the hill at the Battle of Iwo Jima. Our son will leave us next July, at 17 years of age,to go into the Marine’s. The lady that I help each morning was excited because her neighbor is a Vietnam Veteran and he was really impressed with a young man that gave him his Christmas card. He showed it to her and at the bottom was our son’s name. He has, and is, and always will be a wonderful blessing from above. Thank you Dear Lord.