What better time than spring to put the urgencies of everyday life aside and slip into an old Texas cemetery. Wandering between the rows of graves, many very old and some more recent, we feel the rugged tranquility of this quiet place.
New Life Amid the Markers
Markers (top row, left): a citizen of Texas before it became a state in 1845 and (top right) an American Legion member. (Middle row, left): recognition from the Department of the United States Army; and (middle row, right): the American Legion Auxiliary. (Above): United States Veterans of Foreign Wars.
It’s Time to Go
Those buried in this old Texas cemetery are not forgotten. Far from it.
One day soon, a group of descendants and their friends and neighbors will return. They’ll pay their respects to those resting here to the hum of riding lawnmowers and the roar of weedeaters. Tattered flags will be replaced and faded plastic flowers gathered up and carried off in trash sacks.
Then, once again, the old souls will rest in peace.
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