FINAL ENDINGS – Marilyn Armstrong

A Photo a Week Challenge: Endings

There are endings … and then there are final endings. This particular cemetery is in the middle of town, right across from the waterfall. It predates the Revolutionary War and many soldiers through World War I are buried there.

Our Commons is also full of memorials to those who died in the Civil War, World War I and II … and more. If we have many more wars, there will be no space left on the Commons. It will be entirely composed of war memorials.

That’s a thought to ponder, isn’t it?

Photo: Garry Armstrong

Another memorial along the river

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

17 thoughts on “FINAL ENDINGS – Marilyn Armstrong”

    1. Well, to me, endings is not the same as milestones. Completing college to me is more a beginning than an ending, at least that’s what it is supposed to be. It’s a matter of interpretation, I suppose. For parents paying the bills, it IS an ending at least of the financial part.

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  1. That last photo just gave me shivers down my spine…… THAT’s a testimonial! But do tell me, is Effingham really a Christian name? Sounds more like a swearword.
    I absolutely seek out cemeteries, especially old ones, with their headstones helter-skelter, broken down and crushed plates on the ground, mossed over and with trees whose roots have broken the memorials – the end of all ends…. A beautiful and thought provoking to this prompt. Thank you both so much – and your spellt-out question about your Commons being filled up and consisting of only war memorials and tombe stones does indeed give food for thoughts.

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    1. It’s probably a family name used as a first name and yes, it’s quite English, actually.

      This one if pretty well kept, but early stones were quite thin compared to new ones and those are the ones that get broken by time and wind and accidentally being kicked.

      The Commons is entirely full of war memorials. What was a reasonably big commons for a town of this size has shrunk by more than half. We don’t have room for many more wars. I think we’ve had more than enough fighting. About time for some memorials attesting to peace.

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  2. I love walking through old cemeteries. We have one here in our town that is so far off the beaten track, located in what used to be our town center in the 18th century. There is rarely another living soul there when I go, but I often feel another woman moving through the gravestones. Our contains mostly old soldiers, too, but there are also entire families who died during an epidemic brought back to town by a Civil War soldier.

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    1. We are usually (as far as I can remember always unless it’s a national military holiday) the only people there. Yet it’s right in the middle of town, across from the dam. It’s not just soldiers, but also all the town’s founders and their descendants. Even a few relatively recent family members from WWII and even later, for the families who’ve lived here since the 1600s.

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    1. I don’t think I’d take pictures of my mother’s headstone — but then again, I’ve never seen it because it’s in Florida and I was in Israel when she was buried. Maybe that is just as well.

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  3. Cemeteries are interesting, especially old ones. There is a Catholic cemetery at the back of the school and church near my house. I occasionally go over there when school is out to take photos. I’ve just been watching Ken Burns documentary series about the Civil War, fascinating but such a terrible few years.

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    1. It was very ugly. Civil wars tend to be particularly gruesome and leave a lot of resentment. it’s the old “brother against brother” thing. Also, body for body, it was the bloodiest war in our history.

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      1. I was astonished by the numbers. I learned about it in school of course but it didn’t really sink in. I haven’t watched the last episode yet. I needed a break from sad but I’m thinking that the effects of the destruction of property in the south may still be felt today. I listened to Paul Theroux’ “Deep South” af few months ago and it sounded like it. Probably should have done them the other way around.

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        1. It was an ugly, ugly war. But it was also inevitable. That we allowed slavery in this country at all was an ugly compromise that everyone knew would ultimately bring about a war. They knew it, but it was the only way to get the constitution approved. It was a deal with the devil and we have been paying the devil ever since.

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