Memorial Day in Piermont, New York, the “Last Stop” for WW II soldiers
May 31, 2010 A*RT!? Happens
It’s Memorial Day and since I’m very proud to be American, I wanted to show my respect and thanks to those who fought and died for our freedom and for a great country with a short post about a touching memorial statue in historic Piermont, New York that I recently came across (with the help of my history buff husband).
When I was driving through Piermont I found this statue dedicated to the men who fought and died in WW II. The statue is called “Last Stop USA” and is appropriately placed in the last spot US soldiers would step foot on in the USA before embarking to Europe.
Off of the Piermont pier is where 40,000 US troops per month passed through to board ships headed ultimately for the shores of France, many of whom never came home.
During my recent visit to Normandy, France I got a chance to visit those shores, one of which being Omaha Beach (pictured below from my visit in April). I was sobered by my tour guide’s accounts of the tragedy that took place here and then grateful to see a little girl happily playing ball on the now peaceful shore. Isn’t that, after all, what these men were fighting for?
The last line in the plaque reads “this plaque is dedicated to the honor of those who served and the sacred memory of those who never returned”
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