This past Monday I was privileged to be able to visit Soldiers' Field Park in Rochester, MN, home of the Soldiers' Field Veterans' Memorial. The above picture shows part of the memorial. It's beautiful, stirring, and sobering. The names of veterans are inscribed on pavers and on the wall at the rear of the memorial. Along the outside of the granite circle are engravings depicting the wars the citizens of Minnesota have fought in, from the Civil War through the present day. Quotations are inscribed on the inside of the circle. There are statues, cannons, and benches. You can see a bit more about the memorial by clicking on this link: http://www.soldiersfieldmemorial.org/vm-index.htm
Once I completed my tour of the memorial, I was ready to visit the Honoring Our History Exhibit, created in partnership with the National World War One Museum and Waddell & Reed Investment and Asset Management Company. Chauncey Waddell and Cameron Reed were both World War One veterans, and they founded their investment company together in Kansas City in 1937. The Waddell & Reed company is a solid contributor to the WW1 Museum, and in honor of the company's 75th Anniversary, they chose to create the traveling exhibit and send it to 75 cities that have Waddell & Reed offices.
The exhibit was full of interesting treasures, facts, photographs, and video displays. Most amazing of all, was that the entire exhibit was contained in a single semi-truck. The whole exhibit is wonderfully put together and displayed, and I would love to see it again sometime. Below are a few pictures I took of the exhibits and some of the things I learned. I hope you'll find them as interesting as I did.
This is an emergency naval medical kit. It contains sutures, scalpels, scissors, probes, and tweezers. The small boxes on the right are bandage kits. They hold cotton gauze, safety pins, and cotton balls. The Red Cross on the white background is the international symbol of military medical, and of the Red Cross and was worn as an armband to identify its wearer as a non-combatant.
I took a bunch more pictures, watch a lot of video tape, and read lots of signage in the exhibit which is all housed in an 18-wheeler semi truck. The stop in Rochester is the 54th stop on a 75 city tour. Check out http://honoringourhistory.com/ to see if the World War One exhibit will be in a town near you. And if you're passing through Kansas City, be sure to visit The National World War One Museum. Details can be found at http://www.theworldwar.org/s/110/new/index_community.aspx
And on a fun note, the local television station visited the exhibit while I was there and shot this video. The back of my head made it into the video. :)
Question for you: Museums or Amusement Parks? What's you're pleasure?