October 4, 2006, - 2:44 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
My family is primarily an Army family. My father served several years in the U.S. Army and then the U.S. Army National Guard. And my Great-Uncle Maurice was a career Army man who served during WWII and rose to become one of the highest-ranking doctors in the Army. He was stationed in Pearl Harbor.
But my cousin, a U.S. Air Force Academy grad, is a career Air Force man, who served in Iraq and is still stationed overseas. So, I’m glad to see that all those Airmen who gave their lives for our freedom are finally getting a monument. It’s also good news for the many readers of this site who are active or retired Air Force personnel, who want the efforts of their branch of the military to be recognized and remembered.
The Army, Navy, and Marines have one. And on October 14th, the U.S. Air Force Memorial will be officially unveiled on a promontory high above the Pentagon. Three curved stainless steel spires will arc up 270 fee in the air to honor the USAF, which will soon celebrate its 60th year in existence. (Ross Perot, Jr., an Air Force vet chairs the memorial’s foundation board and helped get it done.) The memorial will also feature a sculpture of a four-man Honor Guard and a glass contemplation wall picturing a “Missing Man” formation.
Check out the Air Force Memorial’s website.
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