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The A Shau Valley Garden

The A Shau Valley Garden is a recreation of the A Shau Valley landscape as I recall it in 1968. By the entrance are two granite Kaylins, the mythical guardians of Buddhist temples, the warrior lions of China that are similar to the lions of Rome (the Legions) that protected civilization for 1000 years. In the distance, a focal point for a stone path, stands a six foot 18th century carved stone Japanese Samurai warrior monk. This garden is a personal tribute to Blevins, Noldner and all of the men whose youth was cut short by war. It is also testimony to the courage and will to survive displayed by those men who served valiantly alongside me in combat, risking their lives so that others may live. The garden is sown with winter aconites. The aconite is the flower of death.