Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

National Cemetery Number One



There were so many casualties during the Civil War, that on July 17, 1862, Congress directed President Lincoln to purchase cemetery grounds "to be used as a national cemetery for soldiers who shall die in the service of their country."

Not only was Fort Scott chosen as one of the original 14, but it's one of only 3 west of the Mississippi -- the others being Fort Leavenworth and Keokuk, Iowa.

We're proud to have, what used to be the Presbyterian Graveyard, Fort Scott National Cemetery (No. 1)
These gates are never closed . . . . except during a burial.

Blades of grass and pure white stones

Shelter those who've come and gone

Just below the emerald sod

Are the boy's who've reached the arms of god.

Buried here in dignity

Endless rows for all to see

Freedom's seeds in sorrow sown

These blades of grass and pure white stones.



Blades of grass and pure white stones

cover those who left their homes

to rest in fields here side by side

lest we forget their sacrifice.


Buried here in dignity

Endless rows for all to see

Freedoms seeds in sorrow sown

These blades of grass and pure white stones


Just below the emerald sod

Are boys who've reached the arms of God

Buried here in dignity

Endless rows for all to see

Freedom's seeds in sorrow sown

These blades of grass and pure white stones.


Blades of grass and pure white stones

cover those who've left their homes

to rest in fields here side by side

lest we forget their sacrifice.

Buried here in dignity

Endless rows for all to see.

Freedom's seeds in sorrow sown

These blades of grass and pure white stones.

Just below the emerald sod

Are the boys who've reached the arms of God.


Buried here in diginity

Endless rows for all to see.

Freedom's seeds in sorrow sown.

These blades of grass and pure white stones.


Today is Veteran's Day -- which was originally created to celebrate the end of the Great War -- on the 11th day of the 11th hour of the 11th month . . .it now honors Veteran's of all wars. Living or Dead.

The above are lyrics to a song "Blades of Grass and Pure White Stones" -- one of the writers of the song was Senator Orin Hatch and although it was written for Arlington National Cemetery (Cemetery No. 3), it really applies to any and all of the National Cemeteries.

It is Outdoor Wednesday and I can think of no greater place to be on this Wednesday, Veteran's Day, than in a National Cemetery at a program honoring our Veterans. That's where you'll find us. On this Hallowed Ground. At the 11th hour, of this 11th day of the 11th month.

I'm proud to be a great granddaughter of a Civil War veteran, the daughter of a WW I veteran and the wife of a 3 tour Viet Nam veteran.

Join Susan at A Southern Daydreamer and see what everyone else is doing Outside on this Wednesday.








20 comments:

Alicia said...

A beautiful tribute post to all Veterans. Thanks for reminding us all that Freedom isn't Free.

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Such a lovely tribute.

I am so thankful for our founders-- Thanks so much for the lovely post.

(I just wished your photos were larger-- they are so nice)

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

Blondie's Journal said...

A beautiful post and a wonderful tribute for Veteran's Day, Martha.

When you have a chance, please stop by.

xoxo
Jane

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

My Dad was a WWII and Korea Vet and is buried in a national Cemetery in Long Island. NY Tye are beautiful cemeteries.

Happy Veteran's Day! Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

Ebie said...

A great post and tribute!

Happy Veterans Day!

Ebie's Outdoor Wednesday.

Riet said...

What a beautiful post and tribute. Have a nice day

Hootin' Anni said...

I have Veterans galore in my family and I'm married to a Navy man....Been to the Arlington Cemetery and it is just so humbling. What a perfect post for today!!!!

My O W is a nearby marshland with waterfowl and Autumn colors...and a surprise L N Monster visit!!!

Come by and see

chubskulit said...

Happy Veteran's day.. A great day to remember our heroes!

I explored the Jogging trail this time.

eileeninmd said...

Lovely tribute and photos.

Carrie said...

Beautiful post!! Both of my dads are Vietnam Veterans.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great tribute - thanks for posting this.

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

With a tear in my eye. Beautifully written and amazing photo's.
My nephew is now serving his 3rd tour with the Marines. I too am proud of our Men and Women in our family who have served and now serving for your country!. My heart is full today with respect and love.
Elizabeth

Mary said...

What a thoughtful way to commemorate the day, Martha. Thank you.

Peg @ Bloomfield Farm said...

A lovely post for Veterans Day! I think the cemetery is beautiful and so is the poem.

Ms. Bake-it said...

What a beautiful tribute to all our Veterans. Thank you for sharing it with us.

~ Tracy

mbkatc230 said...

This is a lovely tribute. Thank you for sharing the lyrics, they really are a perfect companion to your beautiful photos. Kathy

Stine in Ontario said...

Lovely tribute so appropriate for November 11th!

Ms.Daisy said...

All I can say is WOW! I love your post on Veteran's Day...a wonderful tribute! Thanks!




Jean

Karen said...

What a lovely tribute! Just wanted to mention the correct lyrics to the chorus of "Blades of Grass & Pure White Stones" are:

Buried here with dignity
Endless rows for all to see
Freedom's seeds in sorrow sown
‘Neath(as in beneath) blades of grass and pure white stones.

Denise Knight said...

Beautiful. Simply beautiful. Thank you for this post. It moved me to tears.