VETERANS MEMORIAL the bronze monument on the lawn in front of Adare Manor is a memorial given by the Kane Family to honour those Irish-born men and women who, over the years, have served in the Armed Forces of the United States.
The memorial was designed and sculpted by A. Thomas Schomberg in 1986 under commission by Mr. & Mrs. Thomas F. Kane, owners of Adare Manor and cast in triplicate.
A special dedication ceremony was held at Adare Manor, Adare, County Limerick on 2 May 1999 at the conclusion of the Irish tour of “The Wall That Heals”.
The memorial statue commissioned by the owner, Mr. Thomas Kane, himself a veteran of the Vietnam War was dedicated to the memory of the Irish U. S. soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who were killed or died in Vietnam.
It was also dedicated to the members of The Irish Defence Forces who were killed or died on United Nations (U. N.) missions from the Congo to the Lebanon.
This memorial is a striking symbol of the ultimate sacrifices which servicemen and women make in times of war and conflict.
It depicts the body of a dead serviceman, wrapped in his poncho, his face covered; and nothing visible except for his right arm and combat boots; his helmet placed at his feet.
Just one word… Wow 🙂
Incredibly moving. In the United States many like to beat the drums of war, and the love to invoke the “ultimate sacrifice” – but this sort of memorial would never be allowed here. It’s all about the “glory” of war, and not the reality.
Beautiful sculpture… beautiful memorial sculpture… Thank you, with my love, nia
Eloquent post. I now find myself vaulted back to Antietam (US Civil War). There was a monument there dedicated to the Irish Brigade formed by Thomas Meagher and the sacrifices made there. As difficult as it is to understand how and why they rose to impossible challenges, it is equally difficult to grasp why we must continue to do so.
Thanks for your comments, this shot was particularly thought provoking given the history of it. I hope you continue to enjoy my work!