William Jolly Bridge, Brisbane, Queensland, Aus.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Honouring the United States of America

In Newstead Park, see last post, we came across these monuments in honour of the USA's help and friendship.

The American eagle in Brisbane.

Hope you can read the plaques. I had to read the last sentence twice on both plaques as it made me feel uncomfortable.

But I soon forgot about it when I looked at the scene in front of the monuments......

and the workers having a relaxing lunch under the big shady trees.

The huge trees in the park were very pretty and provided lots of shade for weary seniors.


  1. Reminds me of the American monument at the Army base in Canberra. Can you remember all the 'excitement' when Lyndon Johnson came to Australia. It was a different world then.

  2. Very cool. I was never a Lyndon Johnson fan, but in my old age I have read more about him and now for the most part I just feel sorry for him. But mostly, still for his wife. :)

  3. I like the one that says "they passed this way" best. Pretty places withe gree ngrass and love the trees. I remember those seats - we had them down here. Until of course, the guvment changed them. Now we have shiny metal modern ones without the comfort of the old time seats.
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  4. I find it just plain downright wonderful that your country thinks so much of us to do something like that.


  5. Fortunately I speak English, lol ! My poor neighbours they have to live without freedom ! and then friendship during war ? the text is a little strange indeed. But the place is nice !

  6. I grew up near a place called Newstead Abbey in England. (The poet Byron used to live in the house). I wonder if there is any link.

  7. I have always felt a strong friendship between the U.S. and Australia. Beautiful place to stroll and sit and rest for a while. Great photos especially the header photo.

    California has a fairly mild climate, but the mountains can catch the weather.

  8. I can see why that would make you feel uncomfortable. Me too. And I really wonder why they named the memorial after Lyndon Johnson... he wasn't the president during the war, so that does not make sense.

  9. To GardenofDaisies, LBJ visited Brisbane in 1966 when he was president, one of the few US presidents who actually bothered to visit us. I think that's why this monument was erected. The current president was supposed to visit about three weeks ago but then cancelled. The last two prime ministers of Australia have visited the US on numerous occasions. It seems to be a one-way street.

  10. Neat Diane..... Thanks for sharing that with US... That means alot. It won't be long 'til your country is going to have to SAVE our country---if we keep going down the drain like we are doing now... SCARY!!!!!

    Beautiful shade trees....

    Thanks again for sharing.

  11. Diane, as an American, I thank you for that. I had no idea that these monuments existed. Nice.

    Now, tell me again....when does that 200 years of peace start?.....and is that world peace or only English speaking peace.... Let's hope for peace for the WHOLE of the world....starting now!

  12. LBJ, as he was known by, was a US President during the Vietnam War and that was one of the reasons he was visiting Australia - the Vietnam war period was overseen by 3 US Presidents - Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon and 5 Australian Prime Ministers, Menzies,Holt,Gorton,McMahon and Whitlam.
    During the visit of LBJ, the anti-war protestors were in full cry. In Sydney an incident occurred, when they laid down on the roadway in front of the motorcade and the Premier of NSW sitting next to LBJ roared out to the driver to "run over the bastards". That made World headlines!

  13. Hi Diane
    Thanks fr the tour. I love the park.... sure looks nice and lush.

  14. Hi Diane! Better look at the views rather than the plaques... ;))

    Thanks for your support to Blogtrotter Two, now departing Miami by air; my Easter egg to you... ;). Have a great weekend!!

  15. Thanks for that.

    I am so used to reading about what is wrong with us. This felt just plain good.

    God bless.

  16. Thanks for the pics, and the history lesson. We were living in SE Asia during the 70's and I simply had little news, or worse still, little interest in anything political at that time.

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  18. Interesting park and plaques, Diane. When they were erected the world was a much different place ...thankfully that text now feels out of pace with the world today.

    I wish there could truly be peace in the entire world. for all people.