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melegyrn in photo_scavenger


I had several ideas about what do for this challenge--for challenge it seemed to be. But this morning I went to a war memorial close to where I live, and that made up my mind.

The memorial is in a local cemetery. I drive by it at least once a week--but like me I think most people either don't know it's there or don't know what it is.

The dedication on the memorial tower reads: "The Chimes Tower Lighted Cross, hereby dedicated in proud tribute to our veteran dead whose final resting places shall forever remain known but to their God. May 30, 1953"

Surrounding the tower are hundreds of white gravestones; those buried there participated in the Korean War, Vietnam War and the Spanish American War as well as WWI and WWII. I'll let the picture speak for itself. I've a few more photos that I'll post over on my journal if anyone cares to hop over for a looksee.



What a fascinating building - the colours are so unusual for anything made in glass. It is glass, isn't it?
Interesting...I was going to see if the doors were unlocked and didn't realize until I was sitting here at the computer that I forgot to do so. As it was built in the 1950s, I would say it must be glass. It's been in place, intact and unchanging as far as I know, for as long as I can remember.

I'll have to stop back by one day soon. I'd like to get a photo at night, but parking might be a bit tricky as I expect the cemetary closes at dusk. I wonder if the color has to do with it being lit at night...
I found this on Wikipedia:
"The Veterans Memorial Cemetery was started in 1927, and contains over 5,000 white marble headstones. It also hosts two carronades from the frigate USS Constitution (known as "Old Ironsides"), and a 65-foot-tall (20 m) Chimes Tower.

Construction of the Chimes Tower began in 1950 and the tower was built in part with contributions from local veterans groups. The octagonal tower of amber glass and concrete bears the emblems of the contributing veterans organizations on many of its windows. The chimes carillon, which was installed in 1965, used to play patriotic tunes every hour, but was later silenced and remained still for many years. Today, the chimes sound at noon and 4:30 p.m. daily, in addition to special occasions such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day. It stands as a permanent memorial to veterans who were buried elsewhere, but who are remembered by friends and relatives."

So glass it is. I'll have to see if the carillon still plays--I don't know that I ever heard it. I live close enough to it that I can see some of the trees that line the road along the cemetery from my upstairs bedroom window, but not close enough to hear anything.
Ah - I've just realised what it reminds me of - this is a picture of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, designed and built in the early 1960s.

It would be lovely to hear the carillon in your tower.
Aha! I see the similarity. That is quite beautiful. I'll have to see about getting a pic at night--and see if the carillon still plays. If I could swing it, that might be my first audio post ever!
Thank you for that - a beautiful tribute to their lives ... to their honour.
You are very welcome! It was good for me to get acquainted with something that's in my own backyard--and it is quite a beautiful tribute.
The tower is beautiful.

I was reading your comment to CW and I do hope the chimes still sound...what a lovely idea.
I'll have to investigate the carillon--maybe I can be in place tomorrow close enough so I can hear.
On Aurora Ave. North near Home Depot? I'd completely forgotten you live in my 'hood. I drive by there regularly but have never stopped.

Lovely photo; I'll have to stop there one of these days.
Oh yes--that's where it is exactly! I've lived here all my life and never stopped to look.
What a beautiful shot, with the long lines of gravestones drawing the eye. And I would never have thought the tower - which is quite beautiful - was a memorial if you hadn't said so. I would have guessed a chapel.
When headstones are arranged in straight rows like that, the impact of how many lives were lost is moving.

Thank you for sharing.