9-11-2001; Seventeen Years Later

Statue of Liberty

The 9-11 memorials I’ve visited seem to be very appropriate tributes to that terrible day.  I have visited the NYC memorial twice.  Below are links to my previous posts regarding 9-11.  The YouTube video was created in 2001, posted in 2006 and has almost 50,000 views.

9-11 LINK to You-Tube

 

My BLOG post of my 9-11 Memorial visit.

 

My BLOG post of Flight 93 Memorial near Shanksville, PA

 

 

 

New York City

John Lennon “Imagine” Tribute

Taking a ride through Central Park in NYC, the John Lennon tribute, known as Strawberry Fields, was pointed out.  It is across the street from the prestigious Dakota Apartments where he and Yoko lived and where John was shot by a crazed fan, Mark Chapman. Continue reading

Museum of Communism & Wealthy Gypsies

Memorial Museum for Communism Victims

Memorial Museum for Communism Victims

 

The luck of the draw.  Many, if not most, reading this blog were simply fortunate to have been born in the USA, had access to good education, good medical treatment and above all, a democracy.  Not so for those living in Romania during much of my lifetime.
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9-11 Memorial, NYC

9-11 School Children's Poster

9-11 School Children’s Poster

It is a sad situation, but it seems that in the US we do memorials very well.  From the Oklahoma bombing to the Vietnam Memorial our memorials seem to be very fitting tributes to the heroes who lost their lives.  The 9-11 Memorial in New York is no exception.
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Pearl Harbor – Oahu, Hawaii

USS Arizona Approach

My first visit to the Pearl Harbor Memorial on Oahu was about 25 years ago.  What is so striking to me about each visit is the large number of Japanese tourists in attendance.  Many arrive by organized Japanese tour companies.  I would really like to have the ability or nerve to speak to them and learn their impressions and thoughts during their visit to the site of their country’s surprise attack which killed more than 2,500 Americans.  It is certainly an odd twist that anyone who visits Hawaii today quickly realizes the economic vitality of Hawaii clearly depends on the Japanese tourist.
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Elvis Lives, Memphis Tennessee

Elvis Grave Site“In Graceland, in Graceland
I’m going to Graceland
For reasons I cannot explain
There’s some part of me wants to see
Graceland…..

But I’ve reason to believe
We all will be received
In Graceland…”  Paul Simon (1986)

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Normandy, France

Omaha Beach Memorial

Upon arriving at Omaha Beach, on the coast of Normandy, France, it was surprising to see it being used much as any beach would  be on a warm summer day with people swimming, playing and having family picnics.  What a difference 70 years make….  I am not saying the beach should be off limits, just that no TV documentaries I’ve seen depicted it being used as a normal beach, so I was surprised.  There are two war monuments on the beach, memorializing the 2,500 Americans who died during the initial assault.  The metal one, shown above, seems very appropriate for the marking of the site.  To me the artwork depicts bombs dropping into the sand and the resulting explosions.
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