Heroes

Today Little Bit and I had some extra time, so we stopped at the United States National Military Cemetery. 

According to the sign, it was established in 1867. There are 1,521 interments and of those, 832 are known. My heart ached when I read the bottom line:

Unknown: 689

Believe it or not, as far as cemeteries go, it is an extraordinarily beautiful place. Rows and rows of white headstones dress up winter’s grass like a skirt that never ends. An old stone wall with a castle-type appearance, almost seems to stand guard over those who’ve passed on. 

Even though it was a bit chilly, the sun made its grand entrance after nearly 10 days of gray skies. Seeing it was so welcoming that I actually forgot I was cold. 

What a great day to be there. I felt so honored to be among all those heroes. 


49 thoughts on “Heroes

    • Ohhhh! I love what you said. Yes! The tranquility factor in cemeteries is usually off the charts. When I was a little kid, we lived next to the town cemetery. Mom would take us for walks there. I just love that so much. Because of her foresight, my whole life has been spent feeling privileged to visit such places. Little Bit and I always stop at country cemeteries and read the stones. :) Thank you for your lovely comments.

  1. I’ve always loved the tranquillity of cemeteries too. I’ve spent many an hour sitting peacefully in the sun watching the wildlife and contemplating the lives of those laid to rest. One of our young grandsons was always convinced a hand was going to rise up from a grave and grab him, so we would take him to the cemetery and show him the rabbits, squirrels and birds and play a quiet game of hide and seek among the trees. We taught him to be respectful of the graves and not to walk over them. He’s over his fear now.

    • Hi sweetie. Yes ma’am, that’s one of the benefits of homeschooling- get to walk right into history on a weekday afternoon.

      I love that even though they don’t know who the unknown are, they’re equally as honored. How sad though, to fight for your country, and not have your name remembered. Bittersweet.

  2. Looks peaceful Jess. Just like the cemetery where mum is buried in Sale. We took a drive back home today as its 18 years to the day that my dad passed away. So prayers all round today. Hope you’re all much better now. Big hugs sweetie xo

    • Oh my gosh, Miri. 18 years ago you lost your dad? Oh. My heart hurts for you. I’d love to visit your mum’s cemetery. Bet it’s beautiful. Little Bit and I stopped at 3 country cemeteries yesterday and there’s so much peace about them.

      We are better, thank you. And, relieved the coughs finally went away. Big hugs right back!

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