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LINCVA_210531_57.JPG: VAU Fallen Heroes Memorial
VAU Veterans & Athletes United
This flag is displayed in honor of all the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Global War on Terror (GWOT). It is constructed over over 7,000 dog tags and includes 50 gold stars recognizing families of the fallen. The battlefield cross displayed was sculpted by veteran artistist [sic] Alicia Dietz.
Veterans & Athletes United (VUA), an all-volunteer nonprofit run by veterans, created this traveling memorial to ensure these heroes are never forgotten. It is a symbol of the price paid for our freedoms and a reminder to always honor our country's flag.
Tags are in alphabetical order ranging from 9/11/01 to 1/1/18. Thereafter, the tags at the end of the flag have been placed as closely in chronological order as possible, as DOD continues to release names post 1/1/18. Sadly as the war continues, we will fill the blank tags at the end of the flag ...
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2021 photos: This year was filled with hope. Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic is still with us but it was hoped that restoring sanity to the White House. the rapid vaccine role-out, and a government that finally cared would put things back to normal again. But the force was strong in the evil anti-vaxxer movement and the virus variants made quick use of that so we're still dealing with this crap. Plus the continued impact of the Trump putsch attempt... Sigh.
Trips this year:
(May, October) After getting fully vaccinated, I made two trips down to Asheville, NC to visit my dad and his wife Dixie, and
(mid-July) I made a quick trip up to Stockbridge, MA to see the Norman Rockwell Museum again as well as Daniel Chester French's place @ Chesterwood.
Number of photos taken this year: about 283,000, slightly up from 2020 but still really low.
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