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Priceville in Morgan County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Morgan County Veterans Memorial

Dedicated November 11, 2012

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes Tidwell, January 14, 2021
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Inscription.  This park is dedicated to all Morgan County Veterans who have given their lives while serving in the armed forces of the United States of America during active wartime. Each of the five black granite monuments on the inner circle represents the five military branches of our armed forces. Upon these monuments are listed the names, rank, and wartime served for each individual who gave the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. The three black granite monument on the outer ring are in recognition of the POW/MIA, Blue Star Mothers/Gold Star Mothers, and Purple Heart recipients. The bronze soldier kneeling in the center of the star represents a combat soldier that has just left the battlefield and is paying honor to his fellow comrade at The Fallen Soldier Battle Cross in front of him. The Fallen Soldier Battle Cross is a symbolic replacement of a cross on the battlefield or at the base camp for a soldier who has been killed. Made up of the soldier’s rifle with bayonet attached, stuck into the ground and helmet on top. Its purpose is to show honor and respect for the fallen at the battle site. The practice started during the American Civil War or maybe
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By Sandra Hughes Tidwell, January 14, 2021
2. Morgan County Veterans Memorial
earlier as a means to identify the bodies on the battlefield before they were removed. Today, it is an immediate means of showing respect for the fallen among the still living members of the troop. It might be seen in the field or base camp after the battle in Afghanistan or Iraq. Used less today as a means to identify the fallen but more as a private ceremony among those still living as a means to mourn, as attending the funeral is not always possible for soldiers still in the fight.

Times of war covered by the Memorial:

World War I 6 April 1917-11 November 1918
World War II 7 December 1941-2 September 1945
Korean War 25 June 1950-27 July 1953
Vietnam War 12 May 1959-30 August 1975
Gulf War 2 August 1990-11 April 1991
O.I.F.= Operation Iraqi Freedom 19 March 200- 15 December 2011
O.E.F = Operation Enduring Freedom 11 September 2001-


All Dated provided by United States Department of Defense
 
Erected 2012.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: Military.
 
Location. 34° 31.389′ N, 86° 53.42′ W. Marker is in Priceville, Alabama, in Morgan County. Memorial can be reached from Willowbrook Street north of Alabama Route 67. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur AL 35603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance

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By Sandra Hughes Tidwell, January 14, 2021
3. Morgan County Veterans Memorial
of this marker. United States Army (here, next to this marker); Prisoner of War or Missing in Action (a few steps from this marker); United States Navy (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Air Force (within shouting distance of this marker); USS San Jose (AFS-7)Anchors / BOFORS TWIN 40mm Anti-Aircraft Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); The Huey Helicopter (within shouting distance of this marker); T-34 C Mentor Plane (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); M601A Tank (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Priceville.
 
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By Sandra Hughes Tidwell, January 14, 2021
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2021, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 20, 2021, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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