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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Row on row

Military Cemetery at Fort Stevens, Oregon The stones stand like soldiers in this small and peaceful military cemetery across Young's Bay near the ocean. You cannot see the ocean from here; the cemetery is surrounded by forest. According to the sign below, although the original cemetery was elsewhere, the current location of the Fort Stevens Post Cemetery "is one of two Army cemeteries still active and accepting Veterans today on the West Coast. The other is Fort Vancouver Barracks Post Cemetery in Vancouver, Washington," just across the river from Portland, Oregon.

Informational Notice at the Military Cemetery, Fort Stevens, Oregon I've left this image large so you can click on it to read the text. There is mystery and history that goes along with the first burial. It's not quite what you'd expect from the tranquil decorum of this hallowed ground, but it might be what you'd expect knowing something of Astoria's raucous past.

Grave Stone of Joshua L. Knapp (note the spelling) at the Fort Stevens Post Cemetery, Warrenton, Oregon Here's another scenic view taken at the entrance to the cemetery. On the right, you can see the location of the sign from the middle photo. I'd enjoyed this picture a number of times before I noted the spelling of the soldier's name.

6 comments:

cieldequimper said...

I'm sorry I had to laugh at the under influence death! Very nice post for today, it looks like a wonderful place to be resting for eternity.

Jacob said...

Very interesting...we have a nice National Veterans Cemetery south of here in Bushnell...that's where I will be buried...(Lois, too)...

Probably not as raucous a place as Astoria, though! ;-)

Lee Spangler said...

an excellent and interesting post for veteran's day. Can you blame those who stand in the rain and cold for hours for not wanting a nip?

Vogon Poet said...

Interesting post for this Veteran's Day.
I don't know much about how things go there, but usually here mispelled names on gravestones aren't mispelled at all.
Here it's easier that the mispelling happened at birth, in country parishes and with strange given names.
Probably there it is quite different, hard to mispell Joshua, but I caught this occasion to share this fact.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

This is interesting and impressive !! Loved the beauty !! Great post !

Ming the Merciless said...

What an appropriate post for Veteran's Day.

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