Random Shots: Honoring our soldiers

11.12.2007 by André Natta · → Leave a comment

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Doughboy Monument - Bessemer, AL

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While there are thousands of people lining the streets of downtown Birmingham for the nation’s oldest Veteran’s Day parade, we figured we’d shine a light on one of the other monuments that stand for veterans of the war that was supposed to end all wars.

This Doughboy Mounument stands on the edge of downtown Bessemer, AL. It was originally dedicated on Veteran’s Day in 1922 and it was moved to it’s current location in 1969 in DeBardeleben Park. On this Veteran’s Day it stands as a solemn reminder of all of those that have served as well as a reminder of those that currently serve overseas. It also stands as a reminder of the past of the region, as soldiers listed on the base of this monument are separated by race. Once again, lest we ever forget what has happened…

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