On my way home from work every day, I drive by the Springfield National Cemetery. It’s a somber sort of place as one can imagine that is surrounded by a 4 foot high limestone and concrete wall, protecting the final resting place of our service men and women.
Recently, on the busiest of corners, as happens from time to time, someone ran into the wall knocking part of it down leaving a large fissure. I found what must have been I violent opening to have a sort of lyrical structure that made me think of the sacrifices of our service members and their families.
The photo was begging to be taken so I packed up my gear and headed across town.
I always find cemeteries to be an overly serene place and the National Cemetery is no different. Even with one of the busiest streets in Springfield running adjacent, it has a quite sense of peace. Perhaps the guardian wall does help provide some shelter from the outside.
I never like to actually stand on the graves of the deceased. For some reason I find it disrespectful; I always have.
After taking photos of the graves I made sure to brush off the headstones and clean up any debris around the site. It was the least I could do, but a humble gesture I of gratitude that I could offer.
On this Veteran’s Day I send out my thanks to all of our service men and women past and present. Thank you for your service to our country, and stay safe.