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PPAC #48: Honoring Fallen Heroes and Sheroes


Last week for PPAC #47, I had fun responses from all of you. With all the other challenges, even public art, I thank all the bloggers who participate in PPAC. Please honor these bloggers with your visits this week.


  • There is no weekly theme even though my post has a theme with murals, statues, fountains, scrap art, graffiti, store windows, seasonal displays, car or art shows, artistic construction, or even artistic neighborhood decor. Photograph the public art that is available to you.
  • Art should be freely visible from a public street, freeway, or walkway or inside a publicly accessed building like a library. If you pay, it’s not public.
  • Photographers should have free access of use for their photos – no copyrights by the artists.
  • The challenge starts every Friday at 9:00 a.m. Phoenix Time and it ends on Thursday at noon.
  • Write a post on your blog, publish it, and include a link back to my weekly post not my page preferably in a comment. Sometimes pingbacks are missed. See how to create pingbacks here
  • Take time to visit other PPAC participants throughout the week. I recommend visiting at least two or three other participants in the community and leaving them a comment.
  • Have fun! Art is to be enjoyed!

For More Ideas about PPAC…

These early-bird participants might give you some great ideas about something you’ve never thought about as public art or how to photograph it.

My Choices for PPAC #48 Honoring Fallen Heroes and Sheroes

My original plan was to bring you back to Prescott for some more beautiful artwork. But even well-curated plans change. I have been caught up in gratitude for those who worked to make our lives better even to the point of sacrificing their lives. This week I continue with the Memorial Day theme of Writer’s Quotes Wednesday.

Most of these pictures were taken several years ago in Washington DC. Conversations with my friend Carol, from the Eternal Traveller, impress me with how many memorial statues and plaques exist in Australia in almost every town. I tried to locate something similar in Prescott and didn’t find what I sought.

World War I and the Creation of the Tomb

“The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier originated in the context of World War I. Technological and
industrial progress in the early 20th century made World War I one of the deadliest wars in history. The warring nations utilized deadly new weapons and tactics, rendering the remains of millions of combatants unidentifiable or missing. When the war ended, nations created cemeteries and memorials to honor their dead, known and unknown.” Tomb Fact Sheet

the dome of the tomb of the unknown soldier in Arlington Cemetery
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

“In its first century, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has evolved into a national place of commemoration connected to all of American history. What began as a single grave now symbolizes service and sacrifice in all U.S. wars. Visitors to the Tomb honor, not just the three Unknowns interred here, but also all American unidentified and missing service members who rest in national cemeteries across the United States, in American military cemeteries around the world, and in unknown or unmarked graves.” Tomb Fact Sheet

Located in Arlington Cemetery, designed by internationally acclaimed equestrian sculptor Herbert Haseltine and cast in Belgium, the bronze statue depicts Sir Dill in a British World War II-era military uniform, astride his horse.

Memorials in Washington D.C.

Going to war is not the only way to become a hero or shero. Martin Luther King spent his life promoting peace and it cost his life’s blood. I didn’t include sheroes in this post, but there are several in my recent WQW post, Women in History.

Two History Gals on tour, Marsha and Leslie.

From National to Local

In this case, I’m stretching PPAC requirements a bit, and the flag, tombstones, and the service itself became public art. These still pictures were taken from a video I took in 2019 of a Woodlake Memorial Service. My friend Terri Thompson is a Civil War reenactor and is quite knowledgeable about the Civil War. She researched and found that one Civil War veteran was buried in the Woodlake Cemetery.

The gallery cut off some of the veterans.

Ongoing on Always Write

Now it’s your turn.

What’s your PPAC theme this week? Are you into statues or sculptures (and what’s the difference anyway?) Did you find some cool murals? Did you go on a trip or a walk around your hometown and grab a bunch of different kinds of public art? I can’t wait to see it.

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  1. what a beautiful collection of pictures Marsha and it’s impressive with all of the contributors. The dome is such a great capture and I love the 2 history buff pics. You and Leslie look so beautiful and happy! 💖💖

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  2. I love the Memorial Day services honoring those who served and sacrificed so we could have freedom! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Marsha, and enjoy your friends and family. My brother and partner are here from Scottsdale and we are all having a blast 🙂 They love our cool 70-degree weather.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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