Tres Pinos Memorial - Tres Pinos, California
Posted by: hotshoe
N 36° 47.183 W 121° 18.963
10S E 650255 N 4072498
Quick Description: World War II memorial in the dusty churchyard of Immaculate Conception church
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 9/25/2008 11:45:32 AM
Waymark Code: WM4RX3
This monument is in the rural side yard of the Catholic church at the edge of the only road through the tiny town of Tres Pinos. Tres Pinos is hot, receives no summer rainfall; and has an additional water supply problem with having overdrafted the water table for the town well, so it's not surprising there is no green lawn or irrigated flower bed at the foot of the monument. The dry leaves fallen from the old olive tree and the dusty stone bench contribute to an atmosphere of benign neglect - which seems somehow fitting for a war which has nearly passed out of living memory by now.
The monument consists of a white stone plinth inset with a plain bronze plaque, topped by an heroic angel or Winged Victory figure who holds aloft a Celtic cross. The Celtic cross may have been chosen because Tres Pinos does have a fair number of Irish -Americans in its population (or it may have been chosen by the artist purely for aesthetic effect). In her other hand she carries a circlet of (olive) leaves. The statue clearly resembles Winged Victory of Samothrace but given a Christian interpretation.
The plaque on the momument reads:
TRES PINOS MEMORIAL
OF THE GREAT WAR
DEC. 7, 1941 - AUG. 14, 1945
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY
FOR FREEDOM AND PEACE
Property Permission: Private
Access instructions: It's in the Catholic churchyard (which is technically private property) but is open and free to the public without requiring permission to visit; there is no fence or restriction of access
Access times: From: 12:00 AM To: 12:00 AM
Location of waymark:
7290 Airline Highway
Tres Pinos, CA USA
Commemoration: US participation in World War II
Date of Dedication: Not listed
Website for Waymark: Not listed
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