Since Memorial Day is a few days away I wanted to give a list of memorials in remembrance of American service members.. The nation owes them a debt of gratitude for defending the United States and its values. Choosing the top eight military memorials is a tough task. I think all of them honor the veterans with splendor and reverence. Throughout history, leaders and politicians from America’s adversaries have underestimated the spirit of our fighting men and women. Arguably, when given a mission and left alone, they have achieved success time after time. American servicemen aren’t politicians so they have no control over decisions made by the government. The military is an essential position for diplomacy. It’s President Teddy Roosevelt‘s analagous “Big Stick.” Politics aside, they have achieved success in every war, conflict, police action and peace-keeping mission given to them—and that means every mission. These memorials are a testament to the widely held belief that servicemen would rather have peace because they know more than any other citizen the price to be paid for war.
1. USS Arizona-dedicated in 1962
2. Vietnam Memorial-Accepted by the President of the US in 1984
3. Marine Corps War Memorial–Dedicated November 10, 1954 (179th Birthday of the Corps)
4. US Air Force Memorial-Dedicated in 2006
5. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier-Patrolled continuously 24/7 since 1930
- 6. Korea War Memorial-Dedicated in 1995
7. Women in the Military Service Memorial-Dedicated in 1997
8. Arlington National Cemetery-Began with the confiscation of the Mary Anna Custis Lee property in 1864
Other Notables: Normandy American Center and Memorial (D-Day); Missing Man Formation; Empty Boots, Rifle and Helmet; Gettysburg National Park; Taps on the Bugle; and any resting place for an American serviceman and family member.
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It would be better if you addressed it as service members so that it is gender neutral since many women posed as men in the earlier wars/conflicts and are crossing the barriers especially in this generation that were once only held by men.
You are correct. It’s one of the reasons I included the Military Women Service Memorial. Thanks.
Richard (Rick) Bretz