A Trail of Honor features 12 stone cairns bearing the busts of soldiers who fought in every major American War from the American Revolution to Operation Desert Storm.
|The American Revolution|
|War of 1812|
The World War II memorial featured both a young sailor and an older soldier.
|Operation Desert Storm|
The busts were created by sculptor Nils Anderson, a veteran of World War II, and are copies of renderings he made while a patient at the FDR Veterans Administration Hospital in Montrose.
There is also a monument to recognize those who served in the Merchant Marines, risking their lives to ensure that the troops had the necessary supplies. 6,795 merchant marines lost their lives in World War II alone.
A Korean War memorial reminds us that 'Freedom is not free' while a nearby monument lists the names of the numerous County residents who died during the conflict.
The most stunning memorial, however, is the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial which includes a sculpture of a soldier carrying a wounded comrade while a nurse rushes to his aid. The sculpture, designed by a local artist, Julia Cohen, was commissioned in 1987 in honor of not only the local servicemen who lost their lives but also the eight female nurses who were killed in Vietnam.
Elsewhere in the park, another trail leads to a Chinese Friendship Pavilion and Cultural Garden.
The centerpiece of the park is the William and Mildred Lasdon Memorial Garden. The entrance court is lined with wonderfully fragrant trees, shrubs, and flowers; the late blooming lilac a real delight to the senses.
Beds of flowering annuals and bulbs provide a seasonally changing display of color around a central fountain and the garden itself is encircled by ornamental shrubs from all over the world including the Fringe Tree with its blossom as soft to the touch as its name implies.
Behind the shop is a large courtyard with a new greenhouse, the Lasdon Conservatory, which will be officially opened in June with an exhibition called The Rainforest; Tropical Treasures.
All in all, Lasdon Park turned out to be the perfect place for a Memorial Day Weekend outing.
Mel Parish writes contemporary fiction with a twist of mystery and suspense. Her latest novel Trust No One is now available from Amazon.