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If you ever get a chance, go to the Houston National Cemetery, our veteran’s cemetery. It is a beautiful place to see. These pictures were taken July 2, 2004. The first picture is at the front gate:

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The next picture is of the emblems on the wall of the office, showing all 5 branches of the military:

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Next is the outdoor chapel area and bell tower, as seen entering the cemetery:

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The next picture is taken from the top of the wall of the chapel, looking toward the front gate. The funeral services are held in the area between the flags, and the men firing the “21 Gun Salute” stand in the grassy area. The top of the wall is off limits during funerals because the TV cameras are set up there.

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This is one of several walls containing ashes:

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This one speaks for itself. When you drive into the cemetery, you see what appears to be acres of vacant land. What you can’t see from the road are the hundreds of flat headstones in the older sections of the cemetery. This picture shows both kinds.

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And finally, the graves of Scott Larson and Todd Bolding, both killed in Iraq. Beth and I attended Scott’s funeral in April 2004, and the mother of Todd works at NASA, where my sister works. Scott was a Christian and he stood in a chapel service and said  he hoped if anyone had to die during their mission the next day, it would be him, because he already knew Jesus, while others didn’t. He was killed in Baghdad April 5, 2004.

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For Memorial Day, scout troops place flags at each grave.

If you go to this post, there is a picture of the mother of Todd Bolding, whose headstone is in the picture above. This is Scott Larson:


Sunday night, we watched We Were Soldiers. There’s just not much left to say after that movie. I remembered the places where I cried last time, and darned if it didn’t happen again. I tried to fight it. Didn’t work.

Pray for Beth’s friend, Jaime. She is moving back to Missouri and is leaving today.


Just A Simple Soldier
Updated by Jean MacCallum

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
and he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
He spoke about a war in which he’d fought and deeds he’d done;
in his exploits with his buddies, they were heroes — everyone.

And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
all his buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer, for ol’ Bob has passed away.
Now the world’s a little poorer, for a Soldier died today.

No, he won’t be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
for he lived an ordinary, very quiet sort of life.
He held a job and raised a family, quietly going on his way
and the world won’t note his passing, ‘tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state
while thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell of their life stories, from the time that they were young,
but the passing of a Soldier, goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution, to the welfare of our land,
a hypocrite who breaks his promise and deceives his fellow man?
Or is it the ordinary fellow, who in times of war and strife,
goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

The politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives
are sometimes disproportionate, to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary Soldier, who offered up his all,
is paid off with a medal and perhaps a pension, small.

It’s so easy to forget them, for it is so long ago, that our Bobs and
Jims and Johnnys went to battle, but we know.
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
would you really want a populist with his ever waffling stand?
Or would you want a Soldier, who has sworn to defend,
his home, his kin and Country, fighting until the end?

He was just a common Soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
but his presence should remind us, we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the Soldier’s part,
is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor, while he’s here to hear the praise,
then at least let’s give him homage, at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline, in the paper that might say:



8 thoughts on “

  1. If I ever get to come to Houston I will be sure to visit the Houston National Cemetry.  I cry when I see the names and memorials in small towns.   It gives me chills to think of how many have fought and lost their lives for us.  I wish everyone would appreciate it.  Have a good Memorial day Cindy!

  2. The pictures are beautiful. I would love to visit there. I am always awed by the courage of those who gave their life for our country. They truly are american heros.

  3. These pictures bring sentiment in each individual that views them because to each person it represents freedom and the lives that were taken to achieve that! 
    – – Annalissa
    RYC I’m doing well (so far so good)!

  4. Well, Cynthia, I would love to personally take you on a tour. Hope you can come down sometime. It is actually a beautiful place, in spite of the reason for it being there. I have just stood there in awe, looking at the rows and rows of headstones. I can’t imagine seeing Arlington National Cemetery. I have an uncle buried there, who died in WWII.

  5. If I ever get to come I will let you know ahead of time! 
    RYC:  That is one of my favorite verses too.  It seems that the toughest things we go through are what gets us closer to GOD even though we don’t think we will make it.  Some really tough things got US through our Seminary days.  Even though my hubby was the only one attending school it grew all of us closer to the Lord because we had some tough things happen..remember the Wedgewood Church Shooting a few years ago and the tornado in downtown FT. Worth?  These impacted us very deeply because our daughter was there..boy did we cling to scripture through it all!  It is all that got us through! 
    Blessings, Cynthia

  6. :wave: Hi Cindy – Those pix are simply beautiful! Thank you for sharing them, & also for sharing about Scott. I think whenever possible, it is good to place a face with the name so that it becomes more real. Praying for his family, & also for Jaime right now.:yes:

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