Valor takes many forms

We (four humans and two dogs) spent some time yesterday on a walking tour of downtown Birmingham, including Railroad Park, the Rotary Park, the Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail and Kelly Ingram Park.

Various types of valor are commemorated along those paths, including the children who faced Bull Connor’s water cannons and police dogs and many countless people who sacrificed to make America better.

Kelly Ingram Park was the scene of many Civil Rights protests in the 1960s. One walkway cuts diagonally across the park as it leads toward a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. As you make that walk, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute emerges on the left.

It was a memory refresher for me and I learned some new things, such as the story of Osmond Kelly Ingram (1887-1917). He was the first Navy enlisted person killed in World War I. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Here’s a link to his story of valor.

Last night’s local news included part of a two-minute video featuring players from the University of Alabama football team who are doing what they can to make America better.

“Then & Now: Magic City Rotary Trail sign,” Birmingham Magazine, Nov. 29, 2018

2 thoughts on “Valor takes many forms”

    1. Yes, it’s a good one. Be careful not to confuse UA with UAB, however. From here, USC and UCLA look a lot alike. Out there, the distinction may be clearer. 🙂


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