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Next came the monument Ralph was longing to see, The Korean War Memorial. He spoke about the significance of the 19 bronze soldiers in the field that is the memorial.
The wall nearby reflects the 19 to double the men making it 38 to represent the 38Later, with their police escorts dodging dangerous traffic to keep the busses moving along in the motorcade, they continued on to the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Viet Nam Wall, Aiwa Jima, the Potomac River Lions Bridge, and the Jefferson Memorial.
Aleta is also a Director on the Board of Northeast Indiana and accompanied the flight on October 12, 2016 carrying 86 veterans of the Korean War, a few from World War II, and a few from Viet Nam.
86 caregivers went along and paired with a veteran, and 15 other passengers in various roles to help the veterans on the whirlwind day trip.
For over forty years, 1975-2016, the weather took its toll on those bricks, as well as the two bronze plaque.
The Mercer County Commissioners and the Mercer County Historical Society discussed the preservation of that 1868 Courthouse bell, and the plaques which needed updating. Dave Dorsten, Mercer County Maintenance, discussed this topic with Joyce Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society.
The colored tag each Veteran wore determined their group and the bus they were assigned.
Each of the 86 veterans had their own wheelchair that accompanied them on the bus trip to each memorial attraction.
The Mercer County Historical Society made the agreement with the Mercer County Commissioners to fund the cost of placing new bronze plaques on those brick columns which would support the 1868 Courthouse bell.Arlington National Cemetery was a particular treat, because the Philadelphia 76ers Basketball Team was in charge of changing the flowers on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during the solemn changing of the guard.A meal was provided, they were bussed to the airport and at 9 PM, they arrived back in Ft.They were then bussed to the airplane at Bair Field. Entertainment on the one hour and 20 minute flight included a younger veteran who led them in the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem.
He continued with military songs , and many of the Veterans sang right along. Busses (with an escort of police on motorcycles) picked them up when they arrived in DC and a narrator accompanied each of the 4 busses.The plan for the other plaque includes the proper Name of the Mercer County Historical Museum, the Riley Home, and the identification of the 1868-1923 Mercer County Courthouse bell.