Kenosha, Wisconsin: Okinawa Boulder, Omaha Beach Sand

World War II Kenoshans fought and died taking the Japanese island of Okinawa, and the beaches of the Normandy invasion. The city created a memorial park in 1976 honoring all war vets, featuring an Okinawa boulder and sand from D-Day beaches.

Veterans Memorial Park

Address:
625 52nd St., Kenosha, WI
Directions:
SW corner of 52nd St. and 6th Ave. in a public park facing the lake.
Hours:
Dawn - Dusk.
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Okinawa Rock. Okinawa Stone

This is a hidden gem for the WWII enthusiast. A real boulder from the battlefields of Okinawa, Japan where the bloodiest battles of the war were fought. Placed as a memorial in remembrance of Kenoshans who lost their lives there and in Europe.

[Thomas Corrao, 08/26/2012]

Appropriately hunkered down in the middle of the fountain, and surrounded by sand taken from the bloody Omaha and Utah landing beaches of Normandy.

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