Honoring the Heroes

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This coming Monday is Memorial Day in the United States. The three-day weekend kicks off summer vacation season and revolves around beaches, barbecues, and baseball. More importantly, Memorial Day is a time to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

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My human mommy and I started this day with a visit to two memorials that honor local heroes who lost their lives serving the citizens of our state. Our first stop was the Louisiana State Police Memorial.

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Names of 26 fallen state police officers are on 12 pillars that flank the memorial fountain. The earliest hero was Officer Neill A. Yarborough, Sr., who died in 1925. He was only 32 years old and had worked as a state highway officer for just three months. The most recent hero, DPS Corporal John Kendall, died in 2011. He was 64 years old and had been a DPS officer for seven years and nine months. He had also served in Vietnam with the Marines and was a retired Louisiana State Police sergeant with almost 23 years of experience. To read more about each officer, please click here. Their stories will make you very, very thankful for the sacrifices made by these men and their families.

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The Louisiana Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial is just a short walk from the State Police Memorial.

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The Roll of Honor lists the names of all known Louisiana firefighters who have died in the line of duty. One hundred six names dating from 1859 to 2011 appear on the granite wall and the plaques beside it.

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An eternal flame pays tribute to the traditional fire code 555–five rings of the fire bell three times, known as “The Last Call,” to indicate that a firefighter has been lost.

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I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend filled with tons of fun and sun. I also hope that you’ll take a moment to remember the brave men and women and their families who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who continue to serve each and every day.

30 Comments on “Honoring the Heroes”

  1. What a beautiful post and those memorials are wonderful. Thanks for reminding us of the REAL reason for this holiday. Enjoy!

  2. Kuruk says:

    Lovely as usual Miss Lee! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo, Ku

  3. Rosy Rue says:

    What a wonderful post ! Thank you so much! RosyPoodleKisses!

  4. Great reminder, Miss HL. The holiday is about remembering, after all.

    Love and licks,

  5. writetowag says:

    Such a beautiful post Miss Harper Lee!!!! Hugs to you and your mom!!!!

  6. Oh, those are some pawsome memorials Miss Harper Lee! Thanks for takin’ us along with you to pay tribute. I hopes you have a most FABulous weekend, and we certainly will remember our countries heroes, both two and four legged.
    Ruby ♥

  7. Glad you are back Harper Lee. I was missing your sweet face for awhile there… 🙂 Great post.

  8. Beautiful, Miss Harper Lee, and a fitting tribute.

  9. Rebekah says:

    Let us not forget the true meaning of the day. Thank you.

  10. 2browndawgs says:

    Beautiful memorials. It is important to remember. Have a nice weekend.

    • It is important to remember all the people and canines who have sacrificed so much for all of us, and it’s very nice to have such peaceful sites for reflection.

  11. Thanks Miss Harper Lee. Your memorials are really beautiful and your mom did a great job of taking great pics of you with them! Hope you all have a great week-end.
    Marty and Mom

    • Thank you so much, Marty and Mom. I have to admit that at first I was a little afraid of that fountain at the Louisiana State Police Memorial, but Mommy convinced me that it was ok and I calmed down for the photos . . . sort of. 😉

  12. What beautiful places, thank you for sharing such a lovely spot for the heroes.

  13. Jan K says:

    What beautiful memorials! Thank you for sharing them with us, Miss Lee. We hope you are having a wonderful weekend enjoying the freedoms that so many have sacrificed for!

  14. noahzbark says:

    This is a wonderful tribute to all our heroes. Your participation in this honor to our special men & women makes it very special.

  15. Mags Corner says:

    This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing the great pictures too. Hugs and nose kisses

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