Military Cemeteries





   It is good to be back home. We had a very enjoyable vacation with a lot of traveling involved.  We were able to visit Wilmington NC, Myrtle Beach SC, Georgetown SC, Charleston SC, Beaufort SC, and Savannah GA.  Most of those towns have a lot of southern history surrounding them, especially Charleston South Carolina and Savannah Georgia. One of the things that is always interesting to me is to visit some of the cemeteries in these towns.  We visited one in Beaufort South Carolina that was a military cemetery.  Over 14,000 people buried in that cemetery.  There was a great number that they simply did not know who they were.  Small square markers indicated all of these graves.  While we were there, they were getting ready for a funeral.  The soldiers arrived and got ready while they waited on the family to arrive.  I do not know the age of the person being buried, but you can’t help but have respect for what they have given to allow us the freedoms we have.  It is very sobering to visit a military cemetery.  We also visited one on Savannah that was used by the Union troops after Sherman took Savannah, as a place to keep their horses. Many of the headstones were knocked over and/or broken.  After the war, the locals picked these stones up and placed what they could along a wall because they did not know where they were originally.  It was sad to see. 

When I visited a military cemetery, whether it goes back before the Civil War or those who have died in the war in Iraq, I cannot help but think of the ultimate sacrifice that has been paid for our freedoms.  That causes me to think of another one who paid the ultimate price for us to have freedom that is much more valuable.  That person would be Jesus Christ.  “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly…But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6, 8). Christ died for us in a spiritual war.  He destroyed him that had the power of death, that is, the devil (Hebrews 2:14). It was prophesied that the seed of woman would bruise the head of Satan (Genesis 3:15).   Victory can be ours (I Corinthians 15:57-58).