This year, my 11 year old son Miles, accompanied me as we rode on Vikki, my Suzuki V-Strom sidecar rig, which made the occasion that much more special for me. He's now old enough to understand what the cemetery represents in terms of the costs of America's role in her past wars. I hope he'll grow to appreciate the sacrifice that the men and women buried at our national cemeteries and elsewhere did as part of their service to our country.
Our first stop was at SSGT Bryan Joiner's grave site. He was the son of a friend of mine. Bryan died in his early 20s while serving in the United States Air Force.
Bryan J. Joiner, SSGT, USAF
Miles stands at SSGT Joiner's grave, you'll note what used to be empty ground has
now been filled with more grave sites
Section 44, SSGT Joiner's piece of the large grounds used by this National Cemetery
Miles and I walked amongst the rows upon rows of veterans and their spouses, with me pointing out a grave stone here and there. I tried to get him to see how all the branches of the military were represented, what war or was each person fought in and their ranks and units where it was listed. Miles asked me if there were any WWI soldiers buried there, so we sought them out.
This was the first grave site we found of a WWI soldier, soon after this one, we found many more
I told Miles of the cemeteries in France and other European countries, where American soldiers
had been buried and are still honored by those countries they help to free.
Along the core section of the cemetery, there is a small lake, here are some of the grave sites
along a section called Memorial Walk.
Still along Memorial Walk, I found this view of the National Colors through the trees
Miles, taking one last look at the "Gardens of Stone"
He seemed to have taken in the words I said and hopefully will take away an idea
of the lives lost and what it costs at times to make America they way it is
and the freedom under
which we live.
My thanks to all the men and women who've served in our nation's armed forces; in war or peace, they all served.
"All Gave Some, Some Gave All"