All Veterans Memorial & Iwo Jima Flag Monument
"FLAME OF FREEDOMEternal vigilance is the price of libertyIn honor ofand appreciation for allveterans of Obion Countyin all wars and conflictspast present and future1971Lest We ForgetLest We ForgetWorld War IWorld War IIKoreanVietNam""The Flag Raising on Iwo JimaFeb 23, 1945Semper FidelisIn honor and in memory of the men ofThe United States Marine Corps who gavetheir lives for their country.'Among the Americans who served on Iwo Jimauncommon valor was a common virtue'- Admiral NimitzCommander in Chief, U.S. Pacific CommandBATTLE OF IWO JIMA3rd, 4th and 5th Marine DivisionsFeb 19 to Mar 26, 1945""MEDAL OF HONORThe nation's highest award for conspicuousgallantry and intrepidity at the risk of hislife above and beyond the call of duty . .Iwo Jima Medal of Honor reciepientsFebruary 19 - March 26, 1945"
Twenty-seven men are listed on this monument. At the time of this writing only one is still alive, Hershel "Woody" Williams. He is in his mid-90's and still working, as he has for many years, to establish monuments around the nation which remember the fallen and honor their families. I have traded messages with him a couple of times to congratulate him on yet another memorial dedicated. We are on similar missions, to help his comrades be remembered - because not to be forgotten is not to die.
Thirteen of the men listed did not return home alive. The rest, like Williams, all did their best to carry on with life. Some had larger than life qualities that made them easy to spot in a crowd, while others were so non-descript that picking one of them from a group of five strangers would have been pure luck. And that is what it is like with all veterans. Men and women that took an oath and once wore a uniform are easy to pick out if you are a fellow veteran. But the majority of our civilian friends usually don't have a clue as they are stand next to someone who answered the call and was willing to make sacrifices not asked of those at home.
I can't find any logical connection to Obion County for any of these men. Most likely this monument effort was pushed by Marine Corps veterans and others who understand courage and valor come in many forms worthy of honor and remembrance.