Gardens of Stone

Reply Wed 22 Apr, 2009 07:50 am
I find mysefl in Denver for the uncertain future. I have never lived west of the Mississippi restricting myself to the eastern rural regions of the Ohio Valley for the majority of my existance so I'm having to acculimate myself to new environs, new mountains, new biology, and urbanity so periotically I have to set myself in regions of familiarity.

In my childhood I grew up in a house surrounded by cemetaries. I don't find cemetaries to be parks, places to play, to picknock, to run and hike. I have justified this cemetary frivolity as something I'd like to watch when I was planted for eternity so when I look for a place of familiar reflection I look for cemetaries.

So yesterday I was feeling a little homesick looking soe a place of pensive refliction and found myself riding my bicycle by Fort Logan national cemetary.

Fort Logan is nothing like the cemetary I played in---Fort Logan is the repository of 100,000 heroes standing in parade formation stretching neatly in review as far as the eyes can see. Iy's an active cemetary and during the two hours I was reflecting I joined the mourners as thre remains of three heroes were inturred, one from the good war, one from Vietman, and one from the present. Three generations joining the ranks to stand together in the Garden of Stone.


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Reply Wed 22 Apr, 2009 08:23 am

I think any declaration of war should have to be signed while standing there.

My brother sends me weekly "Hero Tributes" from Iraq. They break my heart every time.
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Reply Tue 28 Apr, 2009 09:28 am
I thought I would share one of the Tributes that my brother sends me:

This week's hero tribute. These Soldiers were part
> of the team that died trying to stop a dumptruck full of explosives from
> blowing up a Police station barracks full of Iraqi policemen--who are
> the eventual key to security success here and often the target of Al
> Qaida. The actions of these brave Americans caused the truck to blow up
> prematurely, saving their Iraqi brothers in arms, but costing them their
> lives in the process. We are blessed to have such men among us. Sure love you and miss you all. God bless you. John.

> 1st Battalion
> 67th Armor Regiment
> 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division
> Fort Carson, CO
> KIA: 10 April 09
> Mosul, Iraq
> SSG Gary L. Woods, Jr.
> Hometown:
> Lebanon Junction, KY
> CPL Jason G. Pautsch
> Hometown:
> Davenport, IA
> Sir, tonight we honor two fallen warriors in our Hero Tribute: Staff
> Sergeant Gary L. Woods, and Corporal Jason G. Pautsch. Both soldiers
> were members of 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, who along with three
> other teammates were tragically killed by enemy action on April 10th,
> outside of Mosul as part of Multi-National Division - North.
> Staff Sergeant Gary Lee Woods, Jr., was born and raised in Lebanon
> Junction, Kentucky. He went by his middle name, "Lee" because he shared
> his "Junior/Senior" name with his father, Gary. Lee graduated in 2002
> from Bullitt Central High School where he was active in the ROTC
> program. Family members say that throughout his life, Lee tried to be
> the best he could be. In school he was a talented musician who sang and
> played the trombone, drums, piano and guitar; and was also a member of
> the school's football team.
> Staff Sergeant Woods joined the Army in January 2003. He completed
> Basic Training close to his home at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he also
> completed One Station Unit Training, graduating as a "19K," Armor
> Crewman. He deployed later that year as a tank loader in support of
> Operation Iraqi Freedom I. In March 2005, Staff Sergeant Woods deployed
> as a tank gunner in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III. His current
> tour, as a tank gunner and tank commander, began in September 2008.
> Gary Woods said his son had talked about making the Army a career and
> had just re-enlisted. Mr. Woods said his son was "mature and cared
> about others, which made him both a good soldier and a good person . . .
> I want everyone to know what a good man he was," Mr. Woods said.
> Staff Sergeant Woods is survived by his wife, Christie, his mother,
> Becky Johnson, and his father, Gary Lee Woods, Sr.
> Corporal Jason Graham Pautsch was born and raised in the Quad Cities
> Area, graduating from Davenport North High School in Davenport, Iowa, in
> 2007. Community members remember Jason as a fine citizen who made a
> great contribution though his friendly, resolute, and mature nature, and
> his devotion to his family. He was an "amazing person," they said.
> Corporal Pautsch joined the Army in January 2007, immediately upon
> graduating a semester early from high school. He attended Basic and
> Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, becoming an
> "11B,"Infantryman, in May 2007.
> David Pautsch, Jason's father, said of his son, "He believed in what he
> was doing . . . [serving in the Army] is what he wanted to do." Mr.
> Pautsch said, "The last time we spoke was at 2 o'clock on Thursday
> afternoon [12 hours before the attack]. We spoke for an hour. We had a
> wide-ranging conversation." He added that neither of them considered it
> a farewell talk.
> Corporal Pautsch's fellow soldiers remember him for his honorable
> service as a dismount team leader and echo the fact that he was a fine
> citizen, and a fine soldier.
> Corporal Pautsch is survived by his mother and father, Teri and David,
> and by his brothers Josef, Jacob and Jared (who is a soldier of the 82nd
> Airborne), and by his sister, Jenna.
> Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord: And let light perpetual shine upon
> them . . .
> And may God bless and keep their family and all those whose lives are
> closely linked with theirs.
> Sir, tonight our Hero Tribute is to: Staff Sergeant Gary L. Woods, Jr.,
> United States Army; and to Corporal Jason G. Pautsch., United States
> Army.
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Reply Tue 28 Apr, 2009 10:00 am
raprap wrote:

Three generations joining the ranks to stand together in the Garden of Stone.

Really nice imagery, rap.
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