On D-Day

National Cemetery of the Alleghenies
National Cemetery of the Alleghenies

I passed the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, sited on a lovely former farm where I used to paint, on my way to a friend’s house and a local trail, late in the afternoon when shadows were long. Nothing grips your heart like the orderly rows of white headstones in a military cemetery. I kept this photo for today, the remembrance of both the death and the victory of the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, otherwise known as D-Day.

This cemetery is an official Veterans Administration cemetery available to the hundreds of thousands of veterans in the area. You can read more about it here: http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/ncalleghenies.asp

I regularly wander cemeteries to appreciate the memorials people have made for their loved ones, but in this place I keep a respectful distance.

National Cemetery of the Alleghenies
The entrance sign.

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