Memorial Day Remembrances

I’m sure I’ve said it before during one of my blog posts, but I’m a history geek. I almost jumped out of my chair last night when I was channel surfing and saw the History Channel’s promo for its three-part event, The World Wars.  My Dad is 82 now, a Navy veteran of the Korean War, and I’ve been trying to convince him to get on a plane and check out Normandy and other war sites in France. But while Memorial Day is all about the coming off summer, baseball game and cookouts, it’s also one of those holidays where you have to take time out to reflect on those brave soldiers who have been lost, from Bunker Hill to Afghanistan, it’s important to reflect a little while you’re enjoying the holiday weekend.

I grew up in San Bruno, just south of San Francisco, and moved back there for a few years before relocating again to take on the editor’s position with California Sportsman’s parent company, Media Inc. publishing. The Golden Gate National Cemetery is located right alongside the street where I’d walk my dog every day, and each day we’d slow down a bit and I’d peek over the tombstones of those who fell in various conflicts. I know what these men and women have sacrificed for us. So I just wanted to post some of pictures of stops I’ve made over the years, and I just hope you all take a moment to say thanks on this holiday.

Shiloh National Battlefield
Shiloh (Tenn.) National Battlefield

 

54th Massachusetts mural, Smithsonian National Gallery
54th Massachusetts mural, Smithsonian National Gallery

World War II Memorial, Washington D.C.

World War II Memorial, Washington D.C.

Arlington National Cemetery; Washington D.C.
Arlington National Cemetery; Washington D.C.

 

 

Gettysburg
Gettysburg
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
More Shiloh: The Peach Orchard
More Shiloh: The Peach Orchard
Little Round Top, Gettysburg
Little Round Top, Gettysburg

 

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