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Wednesday, September 01, 2010



There is a little park in my town........it sits amid the hustle and bustle of the small city, sort of triangular with northbound traffic on one side and southbound traffic on the other. At the wide base is a line of shrubs, and behind that will be the next extension of the local Rail Trail. I don't even know that the park has a name, but it is filled with memorials to different wars our country has fought in; Korea, Cuba, Vietnam, both world Wars (none for the Gulf yet.) Each monument is different, and there is a life-sized tank at the point of it, with a memorial to all vets. My favorite is the Vietnam memorial. Of course, Vietnam is the war of MY generation. I lost many classmates in that war, and I know many men who served there, many bear mental and physical scars from that period of their lives. There are a few benches there, with brick paths that lead up to the monument itself, and some of the bricks bear the name of a brave soul from Lebanon County who gave his life in service. I am not native to this county, so I know none of these soldiers, but it is nice to see them remembered in this little park. I really don't know how long the park has been there, I have driven by it for years and never really knew what it was until this past spring when a walk with a friend along the trail took us there. A stop there has become a part of most of my bike rides for some RPM........Reflection, Prayer, and Meditation. I sit there and think about those young men, just boys really who fought for the freedoms we sometimes take for granted, I pray for the women left behind, wives, mothers, daughters, and yes, fathers who never get another chance to say, 'I am proud of you son" and little boys who never get to know the men who helped bring them into the world. I am not forgetting that there are women who also gave their lives, leaving behind heartbroken parents, not to mention children who will never be. I talk to my Dad, who lost his battle with cancer in the early 70's and I talk to my beloved Bill who was suddenly taken from me almost 9 years ago. I know that they are watching over me and are proud of the incredible woman I have become. I think about my life and the direction I want to take it. If I have any decisions I am struggling with, that is the place where I find my answers. I think everything over as I pedal, but in this little park is where everything gets sorted out. I usually wind up in tears, but they are cleansing tears rather than tears of sadness. I hardly ever see others in this park. I will see people walking by it, but hardly ever do I see another come in and sit as I do. No matter, my solitude helps me find the peace I seek. I know I am fortunate to have a place such as this, but we all find our peace where we find it, and here is where I find mine.
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CAJUNBUCKEYE59 9/2/2010 7:05AM

    Great job on the blog! very interesting and enjoyable with the photos and all.....thanks for sharing..... emoticon

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MONTY68 9/1/2010 11:31PM

    Hi Linda

It is so nice to have such a special place that one can be reflect on life and also have wonderful thoughts about all those who have served our country. Yes, The viet nam conflict was ours. I was in the PA. national guard and came close to being called back into active duty. It is interesting that the last 2 wars are nor there, perhaps this park was organized by those who are no longer around.
It is so good that you are able to take your thoughts and refocus on what your life is.
This blog, with the beautiful way it is written, brings that tear to the eyes of the reader, thank you so much for sharing it.

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CATLADY52 9/1/2010 4:46PM

    The thought of every town haveing a place to stroll around and sit down in is marvelous. I've seen several towns that have them, not necessarily planned for that purpose, they have just grown. Yours sounds like it was put together by some very thoughtful folks.

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FVHORVATH 9/1/2010 11:52AM

    It sounds like a place I would love to visit. We have a Memorial Park by the airport with some military vechiles but no monuments. I think it sounds like a great place to sit and think.

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BONNIE627 9/1/2010 6:41AM

    sounds like a wonderful park and one that every town needs..too many times our soldiers get forgotten..glad that you are able to use it and enjoy it.

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