Throughout both internal conflicts and world wars, America’s veterans have dedicated their lives to protecting those at home. Remember their service and bravery at one of the monuments or memorials in the region.
In 2002, the Philadelphia Korean War Memorial at Penn’s Landing was dedicated to honor the 610 servicemen and women from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties who died in combat during the Korean War. The memorial consists of tall black granite slabs showing photographs, medals, maps and information about the phases of the war. Several flags fly high above the monuments including American and South Korean flags standing side by side. Walk along the brick paths or place a wreath in memory of a loved one. For photos and directions, visit www.philakoreanmemorial.org.
Located at 1 Memorial Lane in Holmdel, the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
is a place where visitors can have a moment of silence, as well as a day of educational exploration. The Memorial consists of several circular gardens, and at the center of which stands a red oak, the state’s official tree. Beside the tree are statues of a male soldier and a woman, leaning toward another male soldier on the ground. The bronze figures represent the men who died, those who came home and the women who served beside them. Also on the inside of the open-air pavilion are hundreds of polished black granite panels with the names of more than 1,500 New Jerseyans killed or reported missing during the Vietnam War. In 1998, the Vietnam Era Museum and Educational Center
was dedicated with a mission to teach the public about the social, political and cultural issues surrounding the war. Visit www.njvvmf.org for guided tour information, as well as upcoming events and lectures.
New York City visitors will find a wide array of memorials throughout every borough. One of the oldest monuments, however, can be found in Queens. The Flushing Park Memorial, a granite obelisk that towers above Northern Boulevard between Union and Linden Street, stands 40 feet high. The dedication from 1865 reads, “Erected in memory of the patriotic volunteers from Flushing who sacrificed their lives in the war for the preservation of our union 1861-1865.” The names of local Civil War soldiers are also engraved on each side of the obelisk. Go to www.nycgovparks.org for more about New York City’s memorials.
Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York City all offer several inspiring memorials where visitors are welcome year-round, so take some time to honor America’s heroes.