It was a beautiful afternoon when I wandered into Lyons Park at the suggestion of Bernie Able, Retired Lt. Col USAF of WWII & Korea. There are quite a few memorials around the park, including a Fire Fighters memorial, a 9/11 Memorial and a Vietnam Veterans Memorial. As solemn and beautiful as the park is, it is alo a place where living takes place. As I was shooting this story a wedding was underway at the gazebo in the center of the park.
As I was meandering about the trees crossing from one memorial to the next I suddenly noticed that the flags hanging from the trees were in fact marking small bronze plaques with names. Each plaque note a young man that gave the “last full measure” and didn’t come back to Westchester County.
It was quite a juxtaposition as I am reading the plaques to hear a roar of applause and cheering coming from the Gazebo. Yes life moves on like the hands of time, ticking away. I feel you really do get the point as you meander through the 20 some acres of park and notice 30+ Plaques fastened to trees of all shapes and sizes.
They stand watch. Like silent sentries ever on patrol, they stand eternal watch over the people of Port Chester, NY.