NY-NJ 101st Abn Div Assoc Picnic 2017 at The NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel, NJ

The 2017 annual picnic of the NY NJ Chapter 101st Airborne Division

Association was another success. The turnout was a good one even as early showers turned into bright sunshine. After posting colors Bob Maslo gave a touching reading of a poem from a military graduate to his military father.

The grounds are a real testament to the heroes that are honored here. A 360 degree Black Granite circular wall with slabs for each date memorializing the soldiers from the state of New Jersey who dies on that day.

The bronze sculptors are of a fallen soldier, a nurse and a helpless comrade looking on. The other statues are of the War Dogs who served and the Gold Star Mothers.

On thing that sets this Memorial apart from many others is the Education Center which houses a Vietnam War timeline second to none. It covers the war on the battlefield and what was going on at home. The well put together piece starts from before the US involvement until the communist takeover in a large circular building with a fine gift shop.

If you get the chance please visit, you will be lifted and saddened at the same time

-Ronny Ymbras
1/502 101st ABN
RVN 67-68

This Memorial and over fifty others are featured in Ronny’s book Fallen Never Forgotten Vietnam Memorials in the USA which you can purchase here

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