Memorial Day Dedication Ceremony Each year members of the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves re-enactment group, who have been restoring and replacing Civil War veterans’ headstones in Chartiers Cemetery, hold a ceremony to dedicate the placement of the newest stones they’ve finished. In 2011 I photographed the ceremony dedicating several stones. You can read more about the two Vietnam veterans, Marty and Joe, who are doing the work and two of the stones they’ve restored here. Chartiers Cemetery is a public cemetery opened in 1863, and is the final resting place for people from all the nationalities and faiths of the many immigrants who came to call this town home, and that represents a good bit of the world and the faith traditions thereof. It also holds the remains of the veterans of all the conflicts this country has engaged in from the Civil War up to the present day’s conflicts. When the Boy Scout troop places the flags on the veterans’ graves in preparation for Memorial Day I have always found the effect breathtaking, both beautiful and sad this small cemetery in this one small town has seen so many people offer their service in defense of this country. Memorial Day It’s hard to share the effect with one photo, so I’ve made a slideshow of the photos from that day, and while many of the photos look the same I both stood in one place and photographed in a circle around me, and walked around the veteran’s section photographing from every edge. The slideshow ends with the bugler as he waits, and then plays Taps, and re-enactors and the priest as they travel around the cemetery to visit each of the stones. After the excitement of the crowd and all the speakers, the familiar melody of Taps filled the silence. I had always wanted to make a video of the images and include a recording of Taps but for now you can imagine as you look at the images. Memorial Day Soldier . . . . . . . Follow me on Instagram. Visit my photography galleries on Portraits of Animals. All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, visit my galleries of Photography on Portraits of Animals to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit “Custom Prints” for availability and terms. I'll be more than happy to make a print for you. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related Post navigation The Oriole’s ReturnA Tiny Visitor 2 Comments […] “Memorial Day Dedication Ceremony”, a slideshow of photos from the annual ceremony in the veterans’ section of a local public cemetery, on Today. […] Loading... Reply […] “Memorial Day Dedication Ceremony”, a slideshow of photos from the annual ceremony in the veterans’ section of a local public cemetery, on Today. […] Loading... Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.