VBC Hosts North Shore Monuments Tour

As part of its mission to create communities of understanding around veterans’ experiences, the Veterans Breakfast Club hosted a very special event on May 22, 2014—the first of its kind Pittsburgh North Shore Monuments Tour.

The VBC event package included bus transportation from three convenient locations in the North Hills, South Hills, and Penn Hills areas.  Fifty-five veterans and others traveled with the VBC to the three war memorials on Pittsburgh’s North Shore.  At the Korean War Veterans’ Memorial, next to PNC Park, Korean War veteran Leonard Murgi gave a tour and answer questions about its polished black stone construction and design that filters sunlight through a series of black columns.  Fore more on the memorial, see: http://www.donnan.com/koreanmem.htm.

Vietnam veteran TJ McGarvey provided a tour of the Vietnam Veterans’ Monument, a lotus-shaped steel canopy under which are bronze life-six statues of servicemen coming home and family members greeting them.  Vietnam Veterans, Inc., provided a color guard with a gun salute.  For more on the memorial, see: http://www.donnan.com/pghmem1.htm.

Finally, we arrived at the World War II Memorial, dedicated last December.  This remarkable memorial was explained to us by WWII Merchant Marine veteran Howard Pfeiffer.  The VVI color guard read the names of their fathers and uncles who served in WWII and then offered a gun salute.  We enjoyed a great lunch at the Jerome Bettis Grille.