Grand Army Park

 
Welcome St at Winter St
Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts

 
 
 
"GRAND ARMY PARK
This park dedicated
May 30, 1925
to Major How Post 47 G.A.R.
in honor of the veterans
of the Union Army"

 

 

"1950   KOREAN WAR  1953
Those that gave their lives
so that we may be free
 
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn
at the going down of the sun and in the morning
we will remember them." 

 

"FREEDOM IS NOT FREE
 
Far from home in a land foreign and unknown
1.5 Million Americans joined 21 other countries
of the United States to defend the innocent
and anguished in Korea's struggle against
unwelcomed aggression. Our nation honors
these men and women of the United States Armed
Forces who in countless battles safeguarded
the concept of democracy and an
individuals right to freedom.
 
UNITED NATIONS COUNTRIES THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE WAR
 
United States of America
Australia, Belgium, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, Ethopia,
France, Gureat Britain, Greece, India, Italy, Luxembourg,
Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, South Korea,tt
Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Union of South Africa"
 

 

 

Tour Notes 

This stop, in the very heart of the business district, was another that continues to slap me on the side of the head, proving there are hundreds of thousands of homeless Americans struggling each day of the week. A local religious charity group was handing out sandwiches and drinks to anyone that asked. As a matter of fact, I was twice offered a share for myself. I am still  uncertain that my appearance contributred to the act of kindness, or maybe it was my Coast Guard veteran hat. When I explained to the outreach leader the mission of Ride Around America I got an odd response ..."Well, I don't think there are any veterans in this group, but you should be careful if you find any - the all suffer from PTSD.

The stereotyping of the statement was, to me, offensive. Does everyone think that homeless veterans are oxygen deprived, mentally deficient, parasites hell bent on violence against strangers? It was sad to hear the advice given as a friendly warning to an out of towner. I quickly left the area for another monument just down the block. 

 

08/27/2017