WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: HOME
Under the canopy are five life-size statues by sculptor George Danhires. They depict “the welcome home that veterans have historically treasured.”
Welcome home to proud men and women
We begin now to fulfill promises
To remember the past
To look to the future
We begin now to complete the final process
Not to make political statements
Not to offer explanations
Not to debate realities
Monuments are erected so that the future
might remember the past
Warriors die and live and die
Let the Historians answer the political questions
Those who served —
Those who gave all —
live in our hearts
Those who are left —
continue to give
As long as we remember —
There is still some love left.
T. J. McGARVEY
President of the Pittsburgh-Allegheny County
Vietnam Veterans Momument Committee
The monument is situated on the north shore of the Allegheny River.
Its five-sided canopy was designed by John Robert Middleton and Ed Dumont,
with consulting from Ron Bennett.
The shape is that of “a hibiscus flower pod, an Asiatic symbol of rebirth and regeneration, symbolizing the warrior’s return to peace to begin the journey of healing the scars of war.”
I took these photos while walking along the North Shore Allegheny River Walkway in 2011. To see more entries to The Daily Post Challenge click here.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!