September 1, 2005 - A Walk in the Park
The picture for yesterday’s Wednesday Where Is It (WWII) contest was taken from a terrace - a Memorial Terrace. Now, if you think that Santa Barbara is the only town in the country kooky enough to have a memorial terrace, think again. There is the 1,000 Lotus Memorial Terrace at the Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, New York. There is the Greenwood Memorial Terrace Cemetery in Spokane, Washington. And, there is the Graham Memorial Terrace in the Johnson Events Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. There are others too, we’re sure.
The Santa Barbara Memorial Terrace is special, however, because it is situated at the end of stunningly beautiful walking trail that traverses the side of hill,
and it is a memorial to the men and women who gave their lives for this country.
The name of our memorial terrace is The Terrace of Remembrance. It’s located at Elings Park, just above Las Postitas as it goes from the 101 to Hendry’s Beach. Many people know Elings Park as an off-leash recreation spot for dogs, as the home field of local softball leagues, and as a romantic lookout on the city. But, not everyone knows about the Memorial Walk and the Terrace.
The Walk is a short walk on a trail filled with markers. The markers are specific to particular years during the Vietnam War. They range from 1962 to 1973. The markers include the names of local soldiers who died that year.
The walkway arrives at a terrace on which stands a large stainless steel globe. It looks like the Unisphere, that giant stainless steel globe erected in New York for the 1964 World Fair, but it is much smaller and doesn’t have all of those orbits around it.
Around the globe on the terrace are the names of all the Santa Barbara soldiers who have died in all of our country’s wars, starting with one soldier who died in the Civil War and ending with one soldier who died in Lebanon.
Santa Barbara’s most public war memorial these days is a collection of crosses placed in the sand near the wharf each Sunday by the group, Veterans for Peace. These crosses are credited with inspiring Cindy Sheehan to camp out in Crawford. The Elings Park Website calls the Terrace of Remembrance the County’s most prominent permanent war memorial.
Ed recommends, to anyone who hasn’t seen it - check it out. It’s a nice place to get away and get perspective, to consider how fortunate we are to be living where we are and enjoying the freedoms that we have, and to appreciate the sacrifice of those who helped us get here.
In yesterday’s contest, we had guesses of: New York, a Goleta office building on Hollister, Lotusland, and Leisure World. LoriMac, Bloo188, Earth Mel, Tristan, LisaD, and jellobomb had the correct answer. The Edhat dog was called in to action. “Pick a number between 1 and 6” we asked. “Five” she said. LisaD is the lucky winner of an Edhat t-shirt and a bottle of FRS-Plus, the new nutrition drink that makes you stronger and smarter. It worked for the dog!
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