The day began at the WWII Memorial.
The WWII Memorial honors 16 million who served in WWII.
The Field of Stars. There are 4,048 Gold Stars that pay tribute to more than 405,000 American lives. My Dad’s brother Arthur was one of those lives lost.
Here they are by the Minnesota Column.
Dad at the FDR Memorial
Dad and FDR
Dad at the Korean War Memorial. Dad looked for the BAR man and wanted his photo taken. Dad said “It was just like that on patrol.”
The Granite Wall has more than 2,500 images sand blasted into it’s surface.
I asked my brother to leave photographs of my Dad in Korea,The Christmas Tree in Korea Christmas 1951, My Dad and I, my Uncle Arnold and Uncle Andrew who both served during the Korea War at the Korean Memorial. My brother added a few photos of his own. Jody said “As soon as I placed the photos, people started getting down on the ground to look at them and take photographs.”
Dad couldn’t get over all the people that thanked him, some with kisses and hugs. He met some South Korean people who thanked him for saving their country. He met school kids…he said “I must have shook 500 hands.”
Dad coming down the escalator at the airport in Fargo. There were Honor Guards, Flag carriers and wavers of all ages and a Brass Band.
It was a good trip and a good welcome home!