Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Different Final Resting Place

Not everyone is actually buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Until I went to visit my neighbor Frank at his final resting place, I had never visited the Columbarium there. It's located behind Section 60 at the cemetery and a place where many of our veterans and their family members' cremated remains are placed instead of buried on the grounds with tombstones.

Some might find mausoleums like this one cold and compacted unlike the more open, sprawling feeling of a more traditional burial field. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Whether due to its location or design, walking among the walls of the Columbarium was so peaceful and private. It was as solemn an experience as walking through and pausing at Arlington's famous marble tombstones.

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