Holly Ground In Lubbock, Texas

Somewhat off-the-beaten-path in Lubbock, TX stands the statute commemorating one of the city's most famous icons.
Somewhat off-the-beaten-path in Lubbock, TX stands the statute commemorating one of the city’s most famous icons.
A large replica of the famous Buddy Holly glasses stands at the entrance of the memorial center conmemorating his short career.
A large replica of the famous Buddy Holly glasses stands at the entrance of the memorial center conmemorating his short career.
The Buddy Holly Avenue borders the singer's memorial and parallels Cricket Avenue, in memory of his famous band.
The Buddy Holly Avenue borders the singer’s memorial and parallels Cricket Avenue, in memory of his famous band.
While relatively small, the Buddy Holly memorial evokes the humble beginnings of the rock & roll legend.
While relatively small, the Buddy Holly memorial evokes the humble beginnings of the rock & roll legend.

If there’s such a thing as understated greatness, the Buddy Holly memorial and Texas Walk of Fame in Lubbock, Texas must be such a place.  Not that I traveled all the way to Lubbock with the purpose of visiting the Buddy Holly Memorial Park, but rather that it would have been inconceivable to travel to Lubbock and not visit the park sandwiched between Cricket Avenue (named in memory of this famous band) and the Buddy Holly Avenue.  The classy, yet small, memorial to Lubbock’s prodigal son is actually quite impressive by its sheer simplicity.  A statute and some plaques commemorating some of the area’s great artists is all you’ll find in the perfectly manicured park adjacent to the former train station that now houses the Buddy Holly Center.  The somewhat isolated area at the edge of town seemed to receive an occasional trickle of visitors while I was there, but slowly and quietly they kept on coming to pay their respects to the musical legend.  A humble tribute to a boy from Lubbock who died a premature death, but who’s music and artistic influence will no doubt live forever.

Lets We Forget

Very few places in Washington, DC are as solemn as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Leica M9, APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH.
Very few places in Washington, DC are as solemn as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Leica M9, APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH.
As Memorial Day approaches, families and friends descend to Arlington National Cemetery to pay their respect.  Leica M9, APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH.
As Memorial Day approaches, families and friends descend to Arlington National Cemetery to pay their respect. Leica M9, APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH.
Everywhere you turn at our National Cemetery, there will be scenes that tear at your heart.  Leica M9, APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH.
Everywhere you turn at our National Cemetery, there will be scenes that tear at your heart. Leica M9, APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH.
A family pays a quiet musical tribute to a fallen hero.  Leica M9, APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH.
A family pays a quiet musical tribute to a fallen hero. Leica M9, APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH.

“The muffled drum’s sad roll has beat The soldier’s last tattoo; No more on Life’s parade shall meet The brave and fallen few. On Fame’s eternal camping-ground Their silent tents are spread, And Glory guards, with solemn round The bivouac of the dead.”  Theodore O’Hara.