Brownwood, Texas, population of around 20,000, has created a memorial to soldiers from all U.S. wars and the military in general.
The Brownwood Garden Club was asked to create a flowerbed around this sign. So we paid for the rock work, which looks great. The ground is extremely hard, so we filled the bed with good soil and planted some drought tolerant plants.
Kudos to the committee who planned and executed everything.
In the background is a Howitzer, used during WW II.
Used by U.S. soldiers every where they were sent during WW II, “Kilroy was here” signs scribbled on any available site proved to be a morale booster. Soldiers were relieved to see that other Americans had preceded them.
It is thought that the original legend of Kilroy dates to World War II and a man named James J. Kilroy (1902-1962), who lived in Quincy, Massachusetts. Click on Kilroy to read the full story.
Sad to report that four of the monuments were destroyed. It is still unclear if the strong straight-line winds in the area toppled them or it was vandalism. The Jaycees are in the process of raising $40,000 to replace them.
My thanks to all the past and present men and women who have served to keep our country free.
“O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
Katherine Lee Bates