May 18, 2016 - FINISHED!
The last stop was completed about Noon today. A few counties still remain to be re-visted due to photo complications, but all counties HAVE been visited. If your home county is not shown, I just haven't had time to get photos edited, inscriptions transcribed, and tour notes assembled into workable text.
Thanks to shipmates and friends that helped out.
Tennessee, like most states has it's fair share of those that don't have a clue about the memorials around them. I found some very helpful police officers, but also ran across some that didn't know - even when there were big signs and a canon in the yard to give clues.
My effort to locate memorials in Nashville included an encounter with NewsChannel5 reporter, Cuthbert Langley and his photojournalist companion, Terrence Godfrey. I asked the usual, "Do you know where the nearest veterans memorial is? Specificially, the soldiers and sailors memorial from WW I?"
Young Langley indicated with a shrug of his shoulders that he was clueless. FAIL! Godfrey said, "Well, there's Veterans Memorial Auditorium on the other side of the capitol building, and there is a really nice WW II memorial down over there in the park." PASS! And congratulations to Mr. Godfrey for knowing not only where the WW II memorial was, but for also be able to give me perfect directions to the monument area.
Langley is taking a job with an Orlando television station next month and he promised he will visit Lake Eola Park to learn about the Battle of the Bluge Memorial. When he emails me with details I will remove his photo here. ...