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Memorial Day 2015

25 May 2015

Memorial Day 2015

28° 36′ 28″ N / 82° 12′ 32″ W

Florida National Cemetery

A short distance off I-75’s Exit 309 near Webster FL.

American flag at FL National Cemetery — photo by Joseph May

American flag at FL National Cemetery — photo by Joseph May

Florida National Cemetery is located just off the Webster exit (Exit 309) on I-75 and is one of the many scenic cemeteries this country uses to honor those who served in the military. Most of us have not been to a national cemetery and, for those, it is unfortunate since they are lovely sites to see and calming seeing how honored are those who have passed. Stately columbaria, neatly ordered rows of graves and memorials are the norm. This Memorial Day we will go on a photographic journey of this cemetery.

Florida National Cemetery Entry Sign — photo by Joseph May

Florida National Cemetery Entry Sign — photo by Joseph May

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address — photo by Joseph May

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address which was given to establish this country’s first national cemetery — photo by Joseph May

Tony Alvarez Eagle Scout Project — photo by Joseph May

Tony Alvarez Eagle Scout Project — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

Memorial to lost submariners of the U.S. Navy — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

Neat and ordered — photo by Joseph May

Hylon Oliver Broadbrook stone — photo by Joseph May

Hylon Oliver Broadbrook head stone (history is evident wherever one looks) — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

Symmetry also has a calming effect on the mind — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

Head stones are placed with survey grade precision (right and tight) — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

Columbaria (walls laden with niches for urns)— photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

A columbarium with each small rectangle defining a niche for cremated remains — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

Part of a colmbarium niche (a penny from a friend or family member up to a quarter if the visitor served in combat with that person) — photo by Joseph May

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 25 May 2015 06:16

    JOE,
    I SINCERELY WISH THERE WERE A WAY TO SEND YOU IMAGES…BUT THERE DOESN’T SEEM TO BE ONE EVEN WITH AN ADDRESS……BUT YOUR PLAQUE STRUCK AT MY HEART AND MIND STRINGS.

    SADLY, TALL I CAN DO IS SIMPLY SAY, “WHAT MORE CARING GIFT ONE CAN LEAVE TO A LOVED ONE TO CONVEY THE DEEP FEELINGS ONE CAN TRANSMIT IN PERPETUITY TO ONE WHO GAVE THEIR ALL.

    MY DAD SPENT ALMOST ALL ….HIS WORLD WAR II SERVICE YEARS PLAYING MUSIC, BEAUTIFUL MUSIC…WITH A BARITONE HORN IN CONCERTS, FUNERALS, AND VICTORY CELEBRATIONS THROUGOUT THE WORLD WITH THE UNITED STATES ARMY BAND.

    “THANK YOU, SIR”; FROM A VERY PROUD SON WHO LOVED HIM VERY MUCH……………………………………………………………………………………………….
    DAVID LORD

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      27 May 2015 08:28

      Thanks very much David. What a wonderful MOS your Dad earned.

      My Dad’s primary MOS in the Army was aviation logistics and his secondary was fixed wing aviation. That is his nice in the last photo.

      Another son who lost his father,

      Joe

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