All Veterans Memorial & Iwo Jima Flag Monument

Court Square St
Union City, Obion County, Tennessee

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty
In honor of
and appreciation for all
veterans of Obion County
in all wars and conflicts
past  present  and future
Lest We Forget
Lest We Forget
World War I
World War II
"The Flag Raising on Iwo Jima
Feb 23, 1945
Semper Fidelis
In honor and in memory of the men of
The United States Marine Corps who gave
their lives for their country.
'Among the Americans who served on Iwo Jima
uncommon valor was a common virtue'
- Admiral Nimitz
Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command
3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions
Feb 19 to Mar 26, 1945"
The nation's highest award for conspicuous 
gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his
life above and beyond the call of duty . . 
Iwo Jima Medal of Honor reciepients
February 19 - March 26, 1945"

Tour Notes

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.