This afternoon, with the sun popping in and out of high clouds, I visited the nearby veterans cemetery hoping to find images that remind us all how important the people resting here were and still are.
When I first arrived the sun was hiding and the images seemed flat. Still, there were stories to imagine as I read headstone after headstone.
There are so many buried here, with room for thousands more. It’s a peaceful place way out in the country, surrounded by farmland, far away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Still there’s a bit of Christmas tucked among the stones.
Some sections of the cemetery had wreaths placed against each stone, other sections had what looked like more personal decorations, perhaps placed by family members.
I was just about to leave, not pleased with the images I had, when the sun come out, spotlighting the edges of the lines and lines of stones.
Then a gun salute went off somewhere on the other side of the cemetery, and taps was played as another soldier began eternal rest. And the sun continued to shine, showing this place in all it’s beauty.
If you have a similar cemetery near you, take some time and explore it, even if you don’t have family or friends there. There are many stories on the headstones, each one telling us a bit about the person resting below.
We owe them at least a bit of time. I think you’ll find it a beautiful experience, especially this time of year.
Wishing you all joy and peace this holiday season.