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Virginia War Memorial

 
 
Virginia War Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
1. Virginia War Memorial Marker
Inscription.
This memorial
erected by the Commonwealth
of Virginia commemorates the
service and sacrifice of all
Virginians during
World War II··1941-45
and Korea···1950-53   
Vietnam·····1955-75   
Persian Gulf·1991       

Above this, in text too wide to capture in a single photo, an inscription reads,:
In this Shrine of Memory are inscribed the names of Virginians who gave their lives in World War II and in Korea that liberty might live and here are preserved mementoes of the battlefields and battle-seas hallowed by their blood.
 
Location. 37° 32.21′ N, 77° 26.93′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of South Belvidere Street (U.S. 1 / 301) and Rowe Street on South Belvidere Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 621 South Belvidere Street, Richmond VA 23220, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Miller House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Neighborhoods at Tredegar (about 600 feet away); Industrial Recycling (about 700 feet away); Worker Housing (about 700 feet away); The Canal and the Civil War (about 700 feet away); Rail Lines at Tredegar
Flag Court at the Virginia War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
2. Flag Court at the Virginia War Memorial
Just outside the south end of the Shrine of Memory fly seven flags: Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, and the Virginia War Memorial. In the center of this semicircle of flags flies the POW/MIA flag in memory of those Prisoners of War and Missing In Action not yet recovered. To the north fly the national and state flags.
(about 700 feet away); Making Machines at Tredegar (about 700 feet away); Tredegar Rolling Mills (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. Engraved on its stone and glass walls, the Shrine of Memory originally had the names of Virginians who died as a result of hostile action in World War II and Korea. An addition was dedicated in 1981 to honor those killed in the Vietnam War, and in 1996 the names of those killed in the Persian Gulf were added. There are a total of 11,634 names: 9,398 from World War II; 850 from Korea; 1,379 from Vietnam; and 7 from the Persian Gulf. These names are arranged first by counties and cities and then alphabetically.

At the southern end of the Shrine is the statue Memory. Designed by Leo Friedlander and sculpted by Joseph Campo and William Kapp. This majestic monument, carved from 100,000 pounds of white marble and standing 23 feet tall, reflects both the great sorrw and pride felt by Virginians for their fallen brothers and sisters.

At the base of Memory is the Torch of Liberty, an eternal flame representing patriotism that is everlasting. Congressional Medal of Honor recipients from Virginia, headed by General Alesander Vandergrift, USMC, and the widows and mothers of deceased
<i>Memory</i>, at the Virginia War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
3. Memory, at the Virginia War Memorial
The statue, Memory, keeps constant vigil over the names of Virginians who have died in battle.
Congressional Medal of Honor recipients from Virginia lit this torch in February 1956.

Source Virginia War Memorial pamphlet
 
Also see . . .  The Virginia War Memorial - Honoring Virginia Veterans. (Submitted on January 30, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, KoreanWar, VietnamWar, World II
 
<i>Memory</i>, at the Virginia War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
4. Memory, at the Virginia War Memorial
At the base, an eternal flame representing patriotism that is everlasting.
First panel of the <i>Shrine of Memory</i> </b>(Vietnam) image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
5. First panel of the Shrine of Memory (Vietnam)
Second panel of the <i>Shrine of Memory</i> </b>Vietnam image. Click for full size.
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6. Second panel of the Shrine of Memory Vietnam
Third panel of the <i>Shrine of Memory</i> </b> WW II image. Click for full size.
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7. Third panel of the Shrine of Memory WW II
Fourth panel of the <i>Shrine of Memory</i> </b>WW II image. Click for full size.
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8. Fourth panel of the Shrine of Memory WW II
Fifth panel of the <i>Shrine of Memory</i> </b>WW II image. Click for full size.
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9. Fifth panel of the Shrine of Memory WW II
Sixth panel of the <i>Shrine of Memory</i> </b>WW II image. Click for full size.
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10. Sixth panel of the Shrine of Memory WW II
Seventh panel of the <i>Shrine of Memory</i> </b>WW II image. Click for full size.
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11. Seventh panel of the Shrine of Memory WW II
Eighth panel of the <i>Shrine of Memory</i> </b>WW II image. Click for full size.
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12. Eighth panel of the Shrine of Memory WW II
Ninth panel of the <i>Shrine of Memory</i> </b>WW II image. Click for full size.
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13. Ninth panel of the Shrine of Memory WW II
Tenth panel of the <i>Shrine of Memory</i> </b>WW II image. Click for full size.
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14. Tenth panel of the Shrine of Memory WW II
Eleventh panel of the <i>Shrine of Memory</i> </b>WW II image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
15. Eleventh panel of the Shrine of Memory WW II
Back left panel of the <i>Shrine of Memory</i> </b>WW II and the Persian Gulf image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
16. Back left panel of the Shrine of Memory WW II and the Persian Gulf
Back right panel of the <i>Shrine of Memory</i> </b>Korea image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
17. Back right panel of the Shrine of Memory Korea
World War II Campaigns image. Click for full size.
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18. World War II Campaigns
World War II Campaigns image. Click for full size.
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19. World War II Campaigns
World War II Campaigns image. Click for full size.
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20. World War II Campaigns
World War II Campaigns image. Click for full size.
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21. World War II Campaigns
World War II Campaigns image. Click for full size.
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22. World War II Campaigns
World War II Campaigns image. Click for full size.
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23. World War II Campaigns
World War II Campaigns image. Click for full size.
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24. World War II Campaigns
Virginia War Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
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25. Virginia War Memorial Marker
Entrance from parking.
Virginia War Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
26. Virginia War Memorial Marker
First panel at the entrance from parking.
Virginia War Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
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27. Virginia War Memorial Marker
Second panel at the entrance from parking.
Virginia War Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
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28. Virginia War Memorial Marker
Third panel at the entrance from parking.
Virginia War Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
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29. Virginia War Memorial Marker
View from the corner of Rowe and South Belvidere Streets image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
30. View from the corner of Rowe and South Belvidere Streets
View of the James River from the Virginia War Memorial image. Click for full size.
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31. View of the James River from the Virginia War Memorial
Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
32. Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker
Fittingly, immediately in front of the Memorial, is a Blue Start Memorial Highway marker. It reads,
A tribute to the Nation's Armed Forces who served in World War II.
Sponsored by Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs in cooperation with Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Highways.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 30, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,077 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. submitted on January 30, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24. submitted on January 31, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31. submitted on January 30, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   32. submitted on January 31, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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