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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Leaving A Stone ~ Part I

Back in November Mr. Décor, Sweet Boy and I traveled to Washington D.C. to visit my dear cousin L and her wonderful family. While making our “must see” list there was one place on the top of Mr. Décor’s list~ Arlington National Cemetery.

We of course went to see the tomb of the unknown soldier.
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It was an honor to view the solemn ceremony of the changing of the guard.
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Respect was paid to the Kennedy Family.
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As well as many other famous heroes who have given their service to our beloved country.
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The day was crisp, clear and beautiful. The scenic views of D.C. from the rolling hills were amazing.
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Onward we walked through this beautiful garden of stones.
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But for all those in this famous cemetery who are visited by the multitudes every single day there are thousands more known only to a few. To this one we paid our respects on bended knee.
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In the Jewish religion there is a tradition of leaving a pebble or stone on top of a tombstone to signify that someone has honored the deceased person’s memory with a visit to the grave. I have always loved this gesture even more so than flowers.
So we left our stone with our left hand on the left side of the tombstone. We paid our respects to a man who was far too young, a father of three and Mr. Décor’s good friend.
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Flowers fade and even stones eventually crumble, but praise be to God we may have life everlasting.


Jesus said to her, “ I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” ~ John 11:25 ~ 26

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