Monday, April 8, 2013
Beaufort National Cemetery
Graveyards. Yes, I almost always find a graveyard to visit when we travel. Why? I find them fascinating. The history you see with dates, the beautiful artwork on stones, particularly the older stones, and because most graveyards are pretty, and so serene.
This was a quicker then normal visit, as it was getting late in the day, the sun was setting and it being January, even in South Carolina it gets nippy. We still had to drive back to our condo in Hilton Head. Look how perfect each row is. I'm always impressed with the precision in National Cemeteries.
Wreaths Across America.
By mid January when we visited, most had been removed, as per protocol. But laying the wreaths and removing them in a big job. You pay your respect to those there and I believe you can learn a bit about the area while spending time in a graveyard.
This stone though really got my attention. It's not the standard military issue. It reads, Sacred to the memory of Lorenzo S. Snow, Ordinary Seaman of the US Steammer....and I can't make out the ship (will need to research to see if I can find it), who fell in action on Stone River, Dec 25, 1863. Gallantly battling for his flag and his country. Love is Eternal. How sad, died on Christmas Day. I will be doing some follow up to learn more of this man's story.
Yes, I almost always take time to tour a graveyard when I travel.
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