Sarasota National Cemetery

Sarasota National Cemetery I feel very small whenever I visit a national cemetery. Thousands of identical headstones, aligned perfectly in horizontal, vertical and diagonal rows. None more noticeable than the others. Army Staff Sargent Conan D. Gorman, Jr's headstone is highlighted in this photo. He was a Christian, born in 1922, served in WW II, … Continue reading Sarasota National Cemetery

Omaha National Cemetery

I arrived an hour after sunrise, later than planned, but hopeful for a meaningful photo.  The sun was still low enough to provide long shadows.  The first measurable snow fall arrived over night, and I wanted a picture of fresh snow on the Christmas wreathes laid at each head stone in National Cemeteries.  Green wreathes with … Continue reading Omaha National Cemetery

Omaha National Cemetery

A national cemetery recently opened in Sarpy County, Nebraska.  The Visitor Center and Entrance are still under construction.  Young saplings are planted along the roads carving through rolling farmland that yielded soybeans last year.  Right now, it's hard to tell what it is.  Other than the wooden sign at the entrance, behind the construction equipment, there … Continue reading Omaha National Cemetery

July 4, 2016

I don't particularly care for cemeteries, the reminder of the end game, the final chapter, the dark side of life.  But, cemeteries are a fact of life, and the national cemeteries have a special meaning to me on this day, July 4th of every year. Some grave sites are beautifully decorated by family and loved ones, … Continue reading July 4, 2016

Fort McPherson

About 3-4 miles south of Maxwell, NE (pop. 312) on State Hwy 56A lies Fort McPherson National Cemetery.  Established in 1863, the fort was originally built to protect travelers along the Oregon Trail.  As western settlement progressed, the need for soldiers decreased and the fort took on a new role as a national cemetery. The nation's … Continue reading Fort McPherson