The Memorial Fountain System begins with a flow of water cascading over the continuous weir, which is punctuated by eight Black Granite Markers. This flow symbolizes the blood which has been spilled defending our nation's freedom and flows into the Sacrifice Pool, the Courage Pool, and the Defenders Fountain. Water feeds through the Defenders Fountain into the Freedom Fountain, thus providing a contained circular flow. The pulsating streams of water, rising above the Memorial from the Freedom Fountain remind us that this is a living tribute to all veterans and gives the sense of life, liberty and freedom springing forth from a grateful community.
© John W. Ivy
(Son of a WW II Army vet, I am a Viet Nam Army vet and father of a Marine vet of Iraq and Afghanistan)
The related information was found on the many bronze plaques found around the park.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.