Memorial Day – Unknown Soldiers

Fort McPherson National Cemetery
Fort McPherson National Cemetery
Honorable Service
Honorable Service

I was wondering what I should write about for Memorial Day, when I rec’d an email from the Hildegard Art Center that my photos of the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, near Maxwell, NE were chosen to represent Lincoln County in the Nebraska State Historical Society’s 2017 traveling exhibit to celebrate the state’s 150th anniversary.

The original photo of the Fort McPherson Headquarters was featured in my blog two years ago (click here). The top photo here was enhanced for this competition, i.e. cropped and cleaned up.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery is a monument honoring the unidentified servicemen (women) who died during WWI, WWII, Korea and Viet Nam. When I was young, I thought there was just one body in the tomb.  While there are actually unidentified remains from each of the aforementioned wars (conflicts?), the monument is to honor all of those “unknown but to God”.

The thing that impressed me most at Fort McPherson is the number of unknown soldiers.  There is a grave for each of the 541 unidentified soldiers, whether they be cavalry officers, cooks, Indian scouts or foot soldiers.  On this Memorial Day, let us remember the sacrifices made by the servicemen in the mid-1800’s.

Thought for the Day:  Each man is good in the sight of the Great Spirit.  Sitting Bull



One thought on “Memorial Day – Unknown Soldiers

  1. This is a very well taken care of cemetery. Terry used to live right down the road. Cathy Morrison’s parents are both buried there. They always take extra flowers to put on graves that don’t have any one to decorate and there are plenty of those.


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