Before and After
I visited Arlington several years ago, if anyone could leave there without a tear in their eye they are sick, I'm sure BEAUFORT is the same
Beaufort is one of the more beautiful small National Cemeteries. The graves are arranged in ever-expanding semi-circles with the flagpole at the entrance being the focal point.Some years ago I was there burying a veteran and discovered a dozen or so headstones all with Spanish names like Ernesto Mendoza, Jesus Prosanto, Miguel Rodrigues, etc. All, it seems, died in a yellow fever epidemic. But each was listed as "U.S. Government Employee." I never found out the back story...I think there's a scene in "The Big Chill" when two men are jogging along the brick wall of the cemetery.
Bee here: One of the residents at the nursing home where I volunteer died on Christmas night. Her family was at the bedside since the night before, and it just so happened Bishop Francis Kane was the celebrant for the Christmas Day Mass at the home. He was the one to give her the Last Rites at about 11 am. She died that night at 11:54 pm. All her family thought she was extremely blessed to have died on Christmas, and somehow I couldn't help thinking the joy of Christmas somehow overrode even the overwhelming sorrow of death.God bless.Bee
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