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CAPVET_180712_08.JPG: "You have never lived until you have almost died. For those who have fought for it, life has a flavor that the protected will never know."
Combat Wounded Veterans
My stone is red for the blood they shed, the medal I bear is my country's way to show they care if I could be seen by all mankind. Maybe peace will come in my lifetime.
Dedicated to the recipients of this nation's oldest military decoration
"The Purple Heart"
CAPVET_180712_31.JPG: To honor all California Portuguese-American veterans who served their country
CAPVET_180712_37.JPG: Sacramento Nisei Memorial
Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary
CAPVET_180712_47.JPG: Golden Chapter of Sacramento
Superior Area of Destroyer Escort Sailors Assn.
CAPVET_180712_49.JPG: Lt. Kirk L. Sinclair, Jr.
CAPVET_180712_51.JPG: Grand Pup Tent of California
Military Order of the Cootie
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Description of Subject Matter: A Tribute to California's Military Heroes
"Our veterans...must not be forgotten. Their service, their sacrifice, their courage must be etched in America's memory...and remembered...as the price they paid to pass on to us...the legacy of freedom and glory that is America."
— Governor Pete Wilson, 1998
These words from Governor Pete Wilson's address at the dedication of the California Veterans Memorial in December 1998 express the intent of the monument. It is a moving remembrance of the more than five million Californians who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces since statehood in 1850.
The memorial is located in a quiet area of the park surrounded by a grove of mature trees. An arc of flags representing the various branches of the U.S. military, borders a 30-foot, black granite obelisk.
The California Veterans Memorial pairs the ancient obelisk shape with modern techniques. Images of war taken from photographs are etched into the granite structure. The images range from soldiers wounded in combat to a wife and child welcoming a serviceman home. Narrow fissures slice through each of the obelisk's four panels, symbolizing the devastation of war.
The effect inspires awe and patriotic reflection. The hardships endured by California veterans and the sacrifices they have made and continue to make are evident. In erecting and visiting the monument, Californians show their gratitude.
The above was from http://www.capitolmuseum.ca.gov/the-museum/capitol-park
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