National Geographic : 1962 Apr
The Nation Honors Admiral Richard E. Byrd ADMIRAL BYRD was one of those rest less, striving souls without whom SA mankind would still be living in caves and gnawing at bones. He respected -but he was not content with-the achievements of the past." So said the Vice President of the United States in accepting for the Nation a monu ment to Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd pre sented by the National Geographic Society. Dr. Melville Bell Grosvenor, President and Editor of the Society, presided at the dedi cation of the statue on the new "Avenue of Heroes," between Arlington National Ceme tery and the Potomac, on November 13, 1961. Soon after Admiral Byrd's passing in 1957, the Congress of the United States authorized the Society to commission a statue. The Sec retary of the Interior and the National Park Service selected the site, beside Memorial Avenue leading to the main entrance of the Nation's most hallowed national cemetery. One day, it is planned, statues of other heroic Americans will flank the way from Arlington Memorial Bridge to the cemetery gate. The Society commissioned sculptor Felix de Weldon, who also did the U. S. Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial nearby, to execute an 8-foot bronze. On the day of dedication, family, friends, and shipmates gathered for brief ceremonies. Pioneer of the Frozen Wastes "As the years go by," said Vice President Lyndon Johnson, "all of us acquire a perspec tive on life which shatters some of our early dreams and some of our early illusions. But even though maturity may bring lessened en thusiasm and even cynicism, it never destroys our proper respect and reverence for those who break new trails. "There is, deeply embedded in the souls of every man and woman, a desire for growth Honoring a hero, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson dedicates the Richard Evelyn Byrd Memorial near Arlington Cemetery last No vember 13. Melville Bell Grosvenor shares the platform as President of the National Geo graphic Society, which commissioned the stat ue. Navy color guard (left) passes the 8-foot bronze. Flags of the Nation and of the Society honor the man who bore them afar.