A Little History: A Visit to a National Cemetery

I wanted to share a few photos from our trip to the Marietta National Cemetery on Memorial Day. Since today is the anniversary for D-Day, it's a perfect time to share.

This is a map image for the cemetery and shows the layout of the rows of graves. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you will see the lay out of the cemetery. You'll also see areas that are in a circle shape. This is where the graves were placed around the oak trees and some of the trees have been removed.

This is the entrance into the cemetery. The photo on the left reads "Marietta National Military Cemetery Establish AD 1866". The photo on the right reads "Marietta National Military Cemetery, Here Rests The Remains of 10,132 Officers And Soldiers Who Died In Defense Of The Union, 1861 To1865." To date, there are over 18,000 graves in the cemetery.

This next photo is the grave of John Clark, Revolutionary War officer and former governor of Georgia. He and his wife were place here by a member of the DAR. The plaque on the left states this information.

One of the many soldiers patrolling the cemetery.

The same soldier saluting while the National Anthem was being played.

This photo is quite special. This is the grave of a Medal of Honor recipient. There are only two buried in this cemetery to have that honor bestowed upon them.

There are rows and rows (hundreds) of these markers placed throughout the cemetery. Each marker has a number but no name. These are unknown soldiers during the Civil War. 

Throughout the cemetery we saw headstones that listed each of the wars that our country fought up until the Vietnam War. Many of the graves had been placed by members of the DAR, UDC and SCV.

Are you looking for a place to do some history teaching? Why not visit a National Cemetery?

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