Thursday, April 30, 2015

Santa Fe Plaza Obelisk, Santa Fe Plaza, Santa Fe New Mexico

This post Civil War memorial is located in central downtown Santa Fe New Mexico, in a plaza that dates back to 1609. The obelisk commemorates the American Indian Wars and the Civil War as of the date of its placement, 1868.

This is, of course, of interest not only in what it commemorates, but what it does not.  In 1868, the Indian Wars were still ongoing, and Santa Fe featured prominently in the Pueblo Revolt, and event which of course is wholly omitted.

This inscription reads:  "To the heroes who have fallen in various battles with [            ] Indians in the Territory of New Mexico.".  The word "savage" was removed from the memorial.

The inscription reads "To the heroes  of the Federal Army who fell at the Battle of Valverde fought with the rebels  February 21, 1862"

The inscription reads "To the heroes of the Federal Army who fell at the battles of Canon Del Apache and Pigeons Rancho (La Glorieta) fought with the rebels March 28, 1862 and to those  who fell at the Battle fought with the rebels at Perilta April 15, 1862

USS Santa Fe CL-60 Memorial, Santa Fe New Mexico

A memorial to the Cleavland Class light cruiser the USS Santa Fe, which served for the U.S. Navy during World War Two.

End of the Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe New Mexico

End of the Santa Fe Trail marker, Santa Fe Plaza.

Painted Bricks: Evangelo's, Santa Fe New Mexico

Painted Bricks: Evangelo's, Santa Fe New Mexico:

This will be an unusual entry for this site, as its a type of private memorial, basically, in an unusual setting.

This is the tavern sign for Evangelo's in Santa Fe, New Mexico, featuring the famous Life Magazine cover photograph of Angelo Klonis, the founder of the tavern. The late Mr. Klonis was a soldier during World War Two when this photograph of him was taking by Life photographer Eugene Smith.  Konis, a Greek immigrant, opened this bar in his adopted home town in the late 1960s, at which time his identify as the soldier photographed by Smith was not widely known.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Washington D.C.

This interesting memorial depicts FDR in a manner which he generally sought to be depicted in life, that is in his wheel chair.  Roosevelt strove to appear in public as able to walk, even though he cold only do so with difficulty and with the aid of braces.

This memorial shows an older Roosevelt, and is therefore perhaps fitting for a memorial on this page.  In a way, FDR was one of the casualties of World War Two, having been worn down increasingly by the burden of his office during the war years.