It was a Cold Day, but worth the stop in North Platte!
The Arch/Gate into the Memorial
This Soldier is a part of the trio that greets you as you come under the arch. He holds his life-size M1Garand, the butt resting on the ground by his feet.
A plaque with a moving poem at the end of four rows of veterans’ names etched in brick.
Looking back from the corridor of names:
A panoramic shot of the corridor from the center, facing east:
At the end of the walk is a high concrete wall wherein are bricks lain depicting the major national wars of the United States of America. I took shots of each detailed and moving mural, but for the sake of space have only included a couple.
This top mural represents the conflicts as well as each branch of the military.
A panoramic of the entire wall:
(The left most depicts each branch of service, the right depicts the women who served in various roles)
The detail was absolutely staggering! Notice the mortared joints in the brick for perspective and example of fine craftsmanship. I am not sure how these murals were done, but there was a particular company that was responsible for their production. My opinion is that these bricks were carved while still soft with some type of spacers in leu of mortar for replication after firing.
Off to the side was a stone, as you can see from the description dedicated to the hard work of residents of North Platte during those trying times.
This was well worth the time and cold. The memorial is located just off the exit on I-80. Time to see would vary on the depth of interest of the individual. My estimation would be as little as 15 minutes to as much as 1 hour. There are several plaques to the POW and MIA of Nebraska that were of interest. As well, there were numerous other bronze statues that are well worth admiring.
Hope you enjoyed my post!