Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Northern View

Memorial Day Remembrances at the Fort

A highlight of my mid-April visit to San Diego was those reverent hours spent at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. What a breathtaking and respectful place indeed. It seems appropriate to share a few photos taken during time on that hallowed ground. My words are insufficient to pay Memorial Day appreciation to these solemn memorial lands. But Rita C’s written words as captured here by her pen—better express those feelings experienced regarding a visit to this sacred place…

“The Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery has a beauty and tranquility that leaves peaceful hopefulness in the hearts and minds of visitors. Situated on the Point Loma Peninsula—just a few miles outside San Diego, the national cemetery has breathtaking views of the bay and ocean on both sides. Walking the grounds creates a feeling that time has stopped, the cool green of the lawn and trees, the clear blue of the skies and ocean, and the purity of the white headstones lining and defining the landscape. Here veterans slumber in hallowed ground, reminding us that we all share a common destiny.”

Walking among the thousands of gravestones at Fort Rosecrans, my eyes caught a striking and unforgettable sight. There in a central location—side by side—lay an US Army Lt. General and a US Army Private. Veterans are certain to know that no military person can argue that these two honorable men did not frequent the same social circles during their short time on earth. But they now share forever essentially the same ground into whatever comes in an unknown here after…to me a very thoughtful and strongly balanced experience.

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