This monument rests in Ripley Park. It serves as a memorial to the Spanish - American War.How much is enough? I am just asking. How many monuments to our veterans do we build? Just here in Raton we have several and small towns everywhere seem to be in a race to create another one. It seems like veteran memorials allow almost anyone to jump on the "hero" bandwagon. It allows us all, if you are a veteran, to have people genuflect at our feet every now and then.
If you fit into one or the other hero categories that is fine, but being a veteran of one of the armed services allows all of the general population to be a hero. Not everyone can be a firefighter, police or heroic first responder, but most have the chance to be a veteran.
We have a new Veterans Park dedicated to our heroic veterans in Raton. Not a bad idea, the area where it was placed was not used before, at least used very, very little. And I am not really talking about the park per se, I am talking about the whole idea of heroes in general and veteran heroes in particular.
A good article on the new park can be had here at the KRTN website.
Here in Raton we also have the statue by Ripley Park of the woman saying good by to her son as he goes off to war dedicated to World War II veterans, we also have a "wall" at the county courthouse honoring the men who gave their all, we have the tank by the RPS building on south 2nd street, we have, or participate in Run For The Wall, we have the area around the Raton Welcome decorated with flags for veterans every time it seems appropriate. But we were still leaving out some heroes.
Not everyone was a veteran of WWII, some veterans never saw combat and/or survived the enlistment. What about them/us? There was no place where the general public could go genuflect and pay homage to them. They were also heroes.
We have veterans of every stripe addressing us and our children at every opportunity. If you ever served in any branch of the armed service and did not save a uniform you can don every now and then you are missing out on the adulation we give our veterans at every turn.
I sometimes wonder if all societies do this?