Last week I brought you the hockey report from our visit to the Onondaga County War Memorial to see the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.
My dear wife Karen went back Friday night, just six days later, so I decided to make the historic, 61-year-old building in downtown Syracuse the star of the work on my iPhone 6.
I decided to throw the black-and-white filter on the photograph above to better bring out the cement block lettering that announced the intention of honoring those that have served our country.
The view through the windows reveals an exhibition lobby inside. Last week, a children’s dance troupe was performing on the polished marble floor to welcome fans.
I think she looks beautiful in profile, too, with the Syracuse city in the background.
The inside lobby stands tall and grand. Flags fly proudly.
Step inside to the main concourse, and an exhibition hall chronicles all wars and conflicts fought by American soldiers.
If you give yourself a half-hour before a game or designate the time between periods, you can educate yourself greatly. It can be sobering.
Shortly after taking these photographs, I put my right hand over my heart during the playing of the National Anthem. I always do, but I had more thoughts than usual during this rendition. I visited the traveling Vietnam Memorial wall when it came to Syracuse and entertained a similar spectrum of sadness and gratitude.
By the way, the Crunch beat the Albany Devils 3-2 in front of just shy of 6,000 full-throated fans in a wildly entertaining overtime game. Syracuse had to score with 90 seconds left to extend the match and earn the chance to notch its 10th victory in a row. A new hockey arena in Syracuse could be great, but …
Alas, Saturday night, the Crunch fell 4-2 to Worcester, ending the win streak at 11. The comeback Friday night was the last stand.
Have you visited a public memorial for military service people, and where was it? What emotions did you feel during the visit? Do you think the history of old buildings like this should be considered in the sports venue building considerations?