Matt 24:6-8….6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars , but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains. NIV

Thank you to those who lay their lives on the line so our country can remain free.

all  gave some

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:

Entrance

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, or rotunda, and bell tower, as seen entering the cemetery:

Chapel

This is the area where the funerals are held:

Chapel 2

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.

From atop the  chapel

Flag

This is one of several walls containing ashes, called columbariums:

Columbarium

These speak for themselves. 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. These pictures shows both kinds.

Headstones

Through the end of 2008, there were 67793 graves in this cemetery.

Fountain

Old graves

Bethany and I attended the funeral of this young man, Scott Larson, in April 2004:

Scott Larson

Scott Larson

Another Houston boy. This was taken just days after his funeral:

Cory Kosters

Walt Moss was an Air Force EOD Tech. We have a loved one who is an EOD tech in the Air Force.

Walt Moss

This was taken right after Scott’s funeral in 2004. Beth and I have returned to the cemetery several times to take pictures.

Iraq and  Afghanistan dead

The same area, March 2007. Look at all the graves that were added in just 3 years.

Recent deaths

Same area from a different angle. These are not all necessarily new graves from those killed in the current fighting, but many are. Some are veterans of other wars that died between 2004 and 2007.

New graves

Sun

Funeral of Ryan Green, March 27, 2007:

Ryan Green


My grandmother’s brother is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, but I have never seen his grave. I would love to have a picture of it. His name was Pat Fox Fulgham, and he was killed in World War II.

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If any of you are ever in Houston, I would be glad to take you on a tour of Houston National Cemetery.

So while you are eating your barbeque, or lying on the beach, remember those who are being honored on this holiday. This isn’t just the beginning of summer.

Still praying for those we love who are in harm’s way. You know who you are. I dreamed about you last night. Yes…still.

TRIPLES with EMMA

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  1. Such a wonderful and honoring post, Cindy! The photos are very nice, and, I would love to come to Houston! We have family about 20 minutes outside of Dallas, not sure which way, though, haven’t been there either! 😦 If we do come to visit, which we have been talking about doing, I will let you know … I would love to meet you, and I just know our hubby’s would get along fabulously!! 🙂 I also wanted you to know I’m back over here again. Haven’t been very faithful to it, so I’m trying to get an update together to share. I’ve missed it here, and I’m glad to see you and Carolyn are still hanging in there, too! Hope some of my other friends are, as well!! Facebook just isn’t very private, and is getting so complicated with all the settings. I’ve been thinking of creating a private Xanga group that we’d all ‘join’ so it would be easier to see everyone, and to share amongst ourselves! I don’t hardly see any of them on my feed anymore, and I’ve got all the settings to where they should be showing up. So, what do you think about a ‘group’?! I’m not sure how to do it, though … hope it wouldn’t be too terribly complicated!! I notice a lot of changes here on Xanga, too, but not as complicated, at all! I also want to share more with you about my son and daughter-in-law, so I’ll message you on FB about that, soon. In the meantime, you have a blessed week! ((Hugs)) Deborah <><

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