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Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend, 2008

All gave some.



Some gave all.


This Sunday afternoon, in anticipation of Memorial Day, I decided a visit to Fort Rosecrans cemetery would be most fitting. There were a number of people out placing flowers on the graves of their loved ones, including a young co-worker. In a big city, one is always surprised to run into people you know, and I'd forgotten this woman's dad had died in the last few years. I think we were meant to meet!

The monument in the top photograph is to commemorate the USS Bennington accident which took place in the San Diego Harbor in July of 1905, few know about it today, but the ship's boiler had overheated and exploded, killing dozens of men, many of whom are buried here. Fr. Ubach, the first pastor of my own church, participated in the services. A number of Congressional Medal of Honor recipients are also buried here. The cemetery straddles the top spine of Point Loma, and you can see either the bay or the ocean.

The biblical reference on the young man above's headstone. 1 Timothy 4:12, reads " Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity."

Where do we get such fine young men and women? Look around you.

4 comments:

Kit Brookside said...

Point Loma/Fort Rosecrans is hands-down one of the most beautiful sites in San Diego. The thought of so many of our finest buried there in such breathtaking surroundings never fails to touch me.

gemoftheocean said...

Yeah, in most places like that now, the place would be covered with million dollar homes, it's wonderful that it's used as a most fitting resting place for our nation's finest.

swissmiss said...

Hope you had a good Memorial Day.

I've never been to this cemetery. Sounds beautiful. We had planned to go to the D-Day beaches and cemeteries, but that was when 9-11 happened and our trip got cancelled.

Both my parents are buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery here in MN. Am sure it's somewhat similar with all the tombstone in precise rows. Unfortunately, it's not in a great spot, being right next to the airport. So much for resting in peace :)

gemoftheocean said...

Well, this cemetery is particularly nice...it spreads across both sides of the spine of point loma. A two lane road cuts through it. and there are access points to various installations. At the end sits the Cabrillo monument. And you can also get down to the tide pools. Also at the tip of the point is the area where they train dolphins for Navy use.

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