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This afternoon I took a drive down town just to do a little sight seeing on my own without tourists. I came upon a most beautiful Military cemetery which on any normal day I would probably just take a glance at, but today it was different as I think you will see by the image. I had to stand a while and catch my breath, I found it so hard to get a good angle and lighting, the sky was overcast but not raining yet. I felt so honoured to be there at this specific time of year…..those of you who know me will know exactly what I mean… if I said it was poignant that’s exactly what I meant. As I drove home and put my car in the garage there were still tears in my eyes as I entered the house…I will be returning soon.

St. Augustine National Cemetery in Florida’s “Ancient City” was my next stop along the Atlantic coast. The cemetery is fascinating for many reasons, not least of which are its age and size. NCA will be documenting it for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places starting this year.

The first interment here actually took place in 1828, long before Congress authorized establishment of the national cemeteries in 1862 . Prior to its designation as a national cemetery in 1881, the site was part of a Franciscan monastery and later occupied by military forces from Spain, England and the United States.

The cemetery grounds take up just 1.4 acres—quite small by modern standards. Perhaps because of its size it feels entirely appropriate to its surrounding neighborhood of cottages and larger homes.

The unique Dade Monuments honor Army Veterans of the Seminole Indian Wars. One monument is comprised of three pyramids constructed of native coquina stone; the second is a coquina-and-marble obelisk. A bronze plaque explains: “These three pyramids cover vaults containing the individually unidentified remains of 1468 soldiers of the Florida Indian Wars, 1835-1842.” Major Francis Langhorne Dade, Commander of Company B, 4th Regiment of Infantry, is buried with his men and recognized in the obelisk’s inscription; Miami-Dade County, Florida is his namesake. The pyramids and the obelisk were restored in early 2010 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The 1938 Superintendent’s Lodge at St. Augustine National Cemetery is currently occupied by the Florida National Guard, which can trace its own heritage back to 1565. Its headquarters adjoin the cemetery.

Ron Walters

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graves, sight, military cemetery, st augustine florida

Comments

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 1 year ago

    Lovely capture Kate

  • Thank you so much Barry!!:))

    – Kate Adams

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 1 year ago

    Captured very nicely Kate,……Enjoyed reading the info on this lovely resting place,….

  • Thank you so much John:))

    – Kate Adams

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 1 year ago

    nice memorial. are you warm in Florida ? Planing to come to my dad soon, but he is 4 hour away from you. Hope it will be warm

  • Thanks so much Luda……last week was miserable, no sun at all, today we have sun but by Wednesday 39 degrees, so I hope it is better for you, at least you are more south…have a great time!!

    – Kate Adams

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 1 year ago

    Excellent capture! So nice to see those there being remembered so beautifully at Christmas! Nice POV!

  • Thanks so much Angie!…I bet Gettysburg is something else this Christmas…I can recommend the movie Lincoln!

    – Kate Adams

  • Fara
    Faraover 1 year ago

    So poignant Kate…………………..beautifully captured and very very moving………………….this is a difficult time of the year for so many people…………………..it is a time to remember loved ones……………………….Joyce

  • Thanks so much Joyce, you would have loved being there, even for a brief moment!:))

    – Kate Adams

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesover 1 year ago

    l can see why it would bring a tear, what a lovely remembrance Kate ,and although the lighting may not have been perfect you still have managed to capture the mood so well

  • Thanks so much Trudi…what a wonderful view from where ever I stood, it did make me sit up and take notice…today the sun is out so a different view entirely, never the less beautiful:))

    – Kate Adams

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 1 year ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Thank you so very much Rick:))

    – Kate Adams

  • Christine Smith
    Christine Smithover 1 year ago

    Such a poignant image Kate. Very well captured.

  • Thank you so very much Christine, so glad I manged to stop and capture the moment:))

    – Kate Adams

  • George Petrovsky
    George Petrovskyover 1 year ago

    It’s unusual and very touching to see wreaths on all the headstones, Kate. We would do well to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. george

  • Hi George!…thank you so much for the great comments….I watched a movie the other day on Arlington cemetery in Washington DC and every grave had a wreath and there were over 5000, of them, the tributes were so beautiful…go to the arlington wreath project to view, I’m sorry I don’t know how to link right now.

    – Kate Adams

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 1 year ago

    A beautiful capture although very sad too . x

  • Thanks so much Irene!

    – Kate Adams

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