graveyards, gravestones, photography and family
Cemeteries can bring you closer to so many subjects. Subjects that inter-link with each other, like:
Each individual burials is a revered inheritance, but combined they are a community’s respected and enriched history. Cemeteries, graveyards and burial grounds are heritage sites … well, they should be.
They are unique history books that you not only can read and walk through, but feel — no “sugarcoating” here. They tell of accomplishments, devotion and ugly truths … like War, Disease and Misfortune. They are subtle and blatant reminders to all who brave to walk their trails; they challenge all visitors: “Walk a mile in these shoes!” They are the finest of art galleries with ever-growing exhibits of craftsmanship. They are the most beautiful of peaceful parklands (when upkeep in maintained) for a leisurely walk, or to sit and just sort out one’s thoughts. Unfortunately, some lay forgotten, abandoned … chapters missing, lessons lost.
*Spanish Influenza: Worldwide, more people were hospitalized in WWI from this pandemic than wounded. US Army training camps became death camps, with death rates in excess of 80% in some locations
*SARS = Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
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