|Me, Dave, in front of the Cavalry Museum|
Mom wanted me to say first that the Cavalry Museum was built in 1854; it originally was the post hospital. In 1889, it became the post headquarters and in 1957 the building was turned into a museum. We had to remind Mom that this is our blog and she doesn't need to turn this into a big "history of Fort Riley" thing... so let's move on to the statue I wanted to show you!
|Civil War Horse Memorial|
This statue was donated to the US Cavalry Museum by Paul Mellon (yes, that Paul Mellon) in 1997. Mellon served and trained at Fort Riley during WWII and was very proud of his service.
The Civil War Horse statue is dedicated to the million and a half horses and mules of the Union and Confederate Armies who were killed or died from disease during the war.
The riderless horse is a reminder of the ravages of war. We should never forget those who sacrificed their lives, who served and serve, so that we can enjoy our freedoms.
Tomorrow, Zim will show you one of his favorite statues on post involving a horse!