Sunday, November 11, 2012

Reservation Remembrance

When I was down on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation last week I happened upon this veterans memorial.

Warriors and Veterans of the Coeur d'Alene

Inscribed on the stone are the names of 65 members of the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe who have served their nation from WW1 up to the present time. Many of the men from WW1, WW2 and the Korean Conflict died while serving their country.


The inscription on the large grey stone in front of the memorial reads:

VETERANS OF THE SCHITSU' UMSH

Our sons and daughters were taken from us while defending America. We hear their heartbeat. We hear their laughter in the breeze and we see their tears in the rain. We will never forget them.

We pay tribute to the service of our men and women of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect this great nation. As their ancestors before them, they served with distinction, pride and honor in times of peace and conflict.

For them there is no more sorrow or pain. Let them forever sleep in peace and their dreams be realized by those who they defended.

We honor all of our Coeur d'Alene warriors. We keep vigilant in our hearts those who sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom. The sound of their heartbeats will echo throughout time.

Here is a link to a post I wrote two years ago about two other men from the Coeur d'Alene reservation who served their country, one in WW2 and one in the Korean conflict. If you haven't read it before I would encourage you to spend a few minutes reading it this Remembrance Day.


8 comments:

  1. Very moving this and your previous post. My Dad served both in World War II and the Korea War. He was one of the lucky ones.
    Sarah x

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    1. Did your dad ever talk about his experiences in those wars? He was very lucky to have survived both of them.

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  2. That's a wonderful memorial, I hope no new names ever have to be added to it. The world's not a peaceful place, but hopefully someday.

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    1. Yes, wouldn't it be nice if there was never a need for another name to be etched on that rock?

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  3. This is a beautiful tribute...the words and the statue. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It was such a nice surprise to find this memorial. I think it has only been there a couple of years.

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  4. Just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this!

    My Dad was in the 101st Airborne as a paratrooper in WW2. He was in many famous battles - the worst being The Battle of the Bulge in Belgium on Christmas 1944. He has always been my hero! My very own Captain America!

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    1. When I was in Luxembourg last year I went to a museum that honours the soldiers who fought in The Battle of the Bulge. The people who I stayed with were children at the time, and have very moving stories. Monique told me about a US soldier giving her a piece of chocolate. She didn't know what it was at first. They are so very thankful to the soldiers.

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