December 28, 2011

Sad And Beautiful

Beth and I haven't been able to decide if this is something we should call sad or beautiful. It feels like an either/or kind of situation.

One one hand it's quite beautiful. Each of these brave people thought enough of our country and its people that they died for it. It stands as a monument to the dedication of so many who sacrificed everything. And clearly - from the number of visitors to the wreaths placed at every headstone - they're not forgotten. Not by a long shot.

By the same token, it's humbling to see headstones stretching to the horizon in any direction you turn. The scale is unbelievable and unimaginable until you're there.

Maybe sad and beautiful aren't mutually exclusive. Maybe a place can be both. And if it can, this is such a place.

Posted by Chris at December 28, 2011 8:30 AM

I think it is both sad and beautiful; things can be both. "Striking" is also a very valid description.

Posted by: MamaKaren at December 28, 2011 9:23 AM

Yes, I believe this qualifies as both. Moving photos.

Posted by: Heather at December 28, 2011 9:40 AM

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Culloden Battlefield in Northern Scotland, and it had the same effect. It was beautiful, moving, and humbling all at the same time. The only way that I could describe the combination of feelings was "powerful."

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Posted by: Margaret35Mccullough at December 28, 2011 1:59 PM

yep, it's both. very powerful. too bad more people don't have access to it, i think more people need the perspective.

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Posted by: Longchamp at December 29, 2011 2:10 AM

I think you are correct, its sad and beautiful. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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2. So jealous of your Arlington pics!! We shop on base, but I seem to forget my camera when the flags are there, and we haven't been yet while the wreaths are up. It is serene and lovely.

Posted by: punkinnoodle at December 30, 2011 1:30 PM