Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Arlington National Cemetery, 3 August 2013

The change in these past years
Has made me see our world
In many different ways
How can I tell you, love can change our destiny.

Love can change the world
Love can change your life
Do what makes you happy
Do what you know is right
And love with all your might
Before it's too late

"My Song"
Moody Blues

Saturday, April 6, 2013

2 April 2013.
Early morning at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Pondering ...


Walking amongst the grave stones in Arlington National Cemetery one comes upon a scene of substance which causes one to ponder. 

Along the rows of neatly laid out headstones, one finds numerous trees of various sizes and shapes.  These trees and other like flora and fauna, which are intentionally placed, planted, and maintained with meticulous care, are designed to give solace and support to us the living.  The living trees are symbolic of the continuation of growth and life.  Trees, shrubs and bushes along with other luscious green growth make the honored final resting places retreats for the living. 

Arlington National Cemetery is the nation’s premier ‘final resting place’ for veterans.  It is budgeted to assure its many tombs, monuments and graves are properly cared for and maintained.  The administrators at Arlington National Cemetery, like other burial sites administrators around the world, face many similar issues and questions.  Along with the desire to show respect by designing graveyards which project veneration, these hallowed burial grounds also try to allow visitors and loved ones easy access while giving comfort. 

The standing symbolic trees, as their branches and roots have grown and expanded are intruding on the buried remains.  “What to do with trees when, over time, their continued growth begins to intrude on a burial sight?”

Some grave sights are encompassed to the point where the tomb stone is part of the tree.  Should one even contemplate the status of the coffin and its occupant?  Another issue is that if this is happening at ANC, with its significant federal budget, what are conditions of graves at cemeteries (national, state and local) which do not receive the attention and money?