The Home of Heroes

28 May

We are celebrating Memorial Day with our guest  Patricia Franklin. I love home town  stories, hope you do too.

Our town, Pueblo, Colorado, has a designation as “The Home of Heroes.” Our river walk has a section called the “Walk of Valor.” We have four Medal of Honor winners from Pueblo, the most from any place in the U.S. Their statues are at one end of the river walk. On the trail, there is a pedestrian bridge called “Veteran’s Bridge.” It is the only monument in the U.S. to honor veterans from every branch of the service. Originally, you could place the name of a veteran on a plaque for $75 to help build the bridge, so we did that for my husband who was in the service. There is still room for more names, but the cost is a little more now.

Further along at the end of the “Walk of Valor” is a building called the Center for American Values. One of our local photographers took pictures of all the living veterans who were Medal of Honor winners and they are displayed in this building, which is laid out like a classroom. It is free and open to the public and they take school kids there and teach them about the constitution, etc. Some local citizens, including one of the Medal of Honor winners who lives in Pueblo put this in place.

Some firefighters from New York visited here last year and were so impressed that they wanted to give something to the city. They sent a steel beam that came from the World Trade Center. The grandkids and I  were here right after it arrived and it was sitting on the floor of the Center at that time. We actually touched it and unsuccessfully tried to lift it, Anyway, the firefighters came back last weekend and our fire departments, police and sheriff departments, veterans, citizens and visitors were all present and we had the dedication of the monument you see here, dedicated to 9-11.

4 Responses to “The Home of Heroes”

  1. DiVoran May 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    We all need to be inspired to live the best we can to honor God and our country and the town of Pueblo, Colorad presents and excellent way to accomplish that.

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  2. Texanne May 28, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Thanks for this blog–it feels so homey and heartfelt. That’s a lovely feeling, let me tell you. I never knew, or thought about, so many heroes from one not-very-big town. You all must do a great job of raising your kids right, because that’s the beginnings of heroism: being brought up with solid values and the faith to risk everything for something greater than yourself. Thank you!

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    • oldthingsrnew May 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

      I had never thought about the beginnings of heroism. I guess I just thought it happened. I will pass on your thoughtful comments to Patricia.

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      • Linda Lewis July 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

        Great post! I’m so glad the veterans in Pueblo, CO are honored so well. In Greenwood AR we have a veterans’ park where we have similar plaques that are bought to honor individual veterans. The park is in the middle of the square where we pass by it on a daily basis.

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