Honors! Table of Contents
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There are many ways to honor the sacrifices of our military. Some are honored by sculptures and statues. Some by dedications of buildings or parks or even highways. Others are honored by the written word that recall the lives and deeds of veterans. 

Further, it is unlikely that any one person can fully comprehend the battles for whom those memorials are raised. Most veterans will admit they didn't grasp it until years later. Sometimes not even then.

On the internet there are many websites about Iwo Jima, both official and personal - especially for that very famous sculpture on the Potomac and the photograph which inspired it. They are easy to find. Any search engine can find them using the keywords: Iwo, Jima, memorial.

Perhaps a closer examination of a few of the warriors and their roles in a given conflict can provide a glimmer of insight into their battle or campaign. The link that is selected here leads to what is mainly an excerpt from a book. A book about six young Americans, a flag, a hill and a Pacific Island called Iwo Jima: what they did long ago and each of their lives during and after that single moment of time.

Holy land. Sacred ground.

WWII Normandy Cemetery

Like the previous section above for Iwo Jima, this link focus on something beyond a specific memorial; in this instance, the D-Day landing of 6 June 1944. Rather, the page centers on just TWO WORDS from a fairly recent movie about that day. A movie which like all Hollywood productions has some historical flaws. But a movie which nevertheless served to make the generations who came after World War II sit up and take notice of that mid 20th-century confilct and what their elders did in that time.


Society of the Honor Guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Society of The Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Solider is a non-profit association organized expressly for and wholly committed to protecting and enhancing the welfare and image of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the soldiers who stand guard, past and present.

The Society works toward preserving and maintaining records, educating the public concerning the history of the Tomb and the Unknown Soldiers, as well as the history of the Guards who have stood watch over them since 1926.
(Text copied from their website)

NOTE:     See their SITE INDEX for links to excellent historical background about
the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The Stars and Stripes Museum and Library
17377 Stars and Stripes Way, P.O. Box 1861 Bloomfield, MO 63825

To those in military service and to our veterans, The Stars and Stripes represents much more than our American flag. They recognize it as the newspaper that serves as a medium between soldiers and their families, as well as a reporter of news. 

Over the last 139 years, millions of copies of The Stars and Stripes have been distributed throughout the world. And, it all began during the Civil War in the town of Bloomfield, located in southeast Missouri.

It was here on November 9, 1861 that 10 Illinois Union soldiers, using the vacated press of The Bloomfield Herald, published the first "Stars and Stripes" which they named after the American flag. One of the original copies of that 1861 paper is now owned by the Stoddard County Historical Society and to be put on loan with the museum.

The Stars and Stripes (newspaper) flourished during each of the five major wars this country has fought. 

The Stars and Stripes Museum/Library Association Inc. was founded in 1991... it is a dedicated group of men and women committed to preserving the history of the United States Armed Forces military newspaper, the Stars and Stripes, at its birthplace.

To date, (they) have built a start-up museum of international importance in America's heartland. Numerous artifacts, graphics, and newspapers dating from the Civil War to the present are on display. Initial response has been phenomenal. For example, in 1999 the newly opened museum received thousands of artifacts for display from almost two hundred donors and was visited by more than 5,000 people. 

Many more artifacts are being made available from private citizens and members of the Stars and Stripes Alumni Association as they donate their life-long collections as a public legacy.
Text above was copied from the S & S Museum website.