A Tribute

Bob Hope, the actor and comedian will always be remembered in the hearts of generations of U.S. servicemen.

Thought it would be especially appropriate on Memorial Day to show you this memorial and amazing piece of art!

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For a span of over fifty years beginning in 1943, Bob Hope dedicated himself to entertaining soldiers, sailors and airmen of the armed forces in the many battle fronts and remote outposts where they’ve served throughout the world.

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The legacy of Bob Hope is commemorated with this sculpture sponsored by the city of San Diego. It’s called the “National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military.”

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The sculpture is intended to be interactive and personal. Visitors are meant to be part of an intimate connection with Bob Hope and to experience some sense of the bonding that Hope had with the service people he entertained.

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The bronze figures are sculpted in military uniforms authentic to the various eras of Bob’s career from World War II through the Korean War, Vietnam War, Cold War, and the first Persian Gulf War.

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Isn’t the detail amazing? (Can you see his purple heart?) It’s so much fun to stroll around the figures and just soak it all in!

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Bob Hope’s overseas USO tours, which often took place over Christmas, were deeply appreciated and fondly remembered by countless thousands of servicemen on protracted tours of duty, often under combat conditions, far from their homes and families.

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I found a little 1957 film on youtube narrated by Bob Hope about one of his USO Christmases:

Hey- who’s that?

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“Memorial Day: we come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them. ” ~Francis A. Walker

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