American Veteran’s Memorial, Ash Flat, Arkansas

One beautiful day a few weeks ago, after taking Angel for a walk at the city park in Ash Flat, we decided to stop at the American Veteran’s Memorial on the way home. We had heard about it but had never visited the site. We were absolutely blown away by what a great job the city had done with it. This is truly something I would have expected to find in a much larger city.

Veteran's War Memorial Plaza, Ash Flat, Arkansas

Veteran’s War Memorial Plaza, Ash Flat, Arkansas

The park is dedicated to the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy, and was dedicated on Veteran’s Day, 2006. If you Google “Veteran’s Memorial, Ash Flat, Arkansas” you will find many more articles and pictures. Unfortunately, the link to the site for the Memorial, in the middle of the Ash Flat city site page in the link above, seems to not be working, or else the site is not finished. I don’t understand why someone can’t find the time to finish the site so that we can all find out more about this great Memorial. If the webmaster doesn’t have time to work on something so important to so many others, then maybe he should turn the work over to someone who can!

All Forces Represented, Veteran's Memorial, Ash Flat, Arkansas

All Forces Represented, Veteran’s Memorial, Ash Flat, Arkansas

The American Veteran’s Memorial is dedicated to the men…

To the Men, Veteran's Memorial, Ash Flat, Arkansas

To the Men, Veteran’s Memorial, Ash Flat, Arkansas

…the women…

To the Women, Veteran's Memorial, Ash Flat, Arkansas

To the Women, Veteran’s Memorial, Ash Flat, Arkansas

… and the brave War Dogs that protected them.

To the War Dogs, Veteran's Memorial, Ash Flat, Arkansas

To the War Dogs, Veteran’s Memorial, Ash Flat, Arkansas

The War Dog Creed…

War Dog Creed, Veteran's Memorial, Ash Flat, Arkansas

War Dog Creed, Veteran’s Memorial, Ash Flat, Arkansas

It honors those who helped bring peace…

Bird Sculpture, Veteran's Memorial Ash Flat, Arkansas

Bird Sculpture, Veteran’s Memorial Ash Flat, Arkansas

…as well as those who were wounded…

Purple Heart Monument, Veteran's Memorial, Ash Flat, Arkansas

Purple Heart Monument, Veteran’s Memorial, Ash Flat, Arkansas

…as well as those who gave the supreme sacrifice.

Supreme Sacrifice Monument, Veteran's Memorial, Ash Flat, Arkansas

Supreme Sacrifice Monument, Veteran’s Memorial, Ash Flat, Arkansas

One of the additions to the American Veteran’s Memorial, was this Korean era M-46 Patton tank, donated by the city of Paragould

M-46 Tank, Veteran's Memorial, Ash Flat, Arkansas

M-46 Tank, Veteran’s Memorial, Ash Flat, Arkansas

 

M-46 Patton Tank Monument, Veteran's Memorial, Ash Flat, Arkansas

M-46 Patton Tank Monument, Veteran’s Memorial, Ash Flat, Arkansas

This is too important a monument for the official web site to not be finished! This park has been open for nearly six years. The official web site should have been finished in less than six DAYS, and the city of Ash Flat needs to get after the webmaster to finish the site! Someone needs to place the proper importance on such things, and not let them be forgotten. This Memorial was created to preserve the memory of these people and what they did, so they will never be forgotten. It’s a shame to let the official web site for it be forgotten for this long!

OK, enough rant! On our way out we snapped a quick shot across the parking lot back toward the activity side of the park, where there are some great sports fields and a nice paved circular walking track around the main baseball diamond. That’s where we usually go for our walks with Angel when the weather is milder. I believe the empty field in the middle is also park property that is yet to be developed.

Ash Flat City Park (in the distance), Ash Flat, Arkansas

Ash Flat City Park (in the distance), Ash Flat, Arkansas

It’s hard to believe that the minivan in the picture is soon going to become a fully functional mini-motorhome, with all the comforts of home, and yet won’t look any different than it does now. Well…OK…maybe if you’ve read the book you can believe it!

A reader reminded me that we had visited Walnut Ridge a few weeks ago, where we not only stopped at the little city park dedicated to the Beatles very brief stop at the airport there in 1964, but we visited the air museum at the airport, too. We missed having a meal at the restaurant there, which is actually in the fuselage of a real 737 airplane. It was very hot that day, and we had to leave Angel at home, so it ended up being a rushed morning trip and home by noon, before the heat became unbearable. We have a few photos from that trip, which are still on the disks for the old Mavica. I need to save and sort that collection of photos before that camera becomes a dinosaur!

Oops! Too late! It already is! But it still works great and the pictures are still OK!

I hope everyone enjoys the pictures. I will try to keep up with seeking out new places to visit, as well as keep you informed about the minivan progress as well as the full version of the book.

As always, let me know your thoughts.