The scent of eucalyptus filled the air as I stood on a bluff gazing out at the
But the inconspicuous view behind me was every bit as inspiring as that grand view in front of me. I kept glimpsing back at a military cemetery that was stretched out on a verdant hillside, complete with long rows of those unmistakable, Tylenol-tablet headstones. Although parts of the cemetery were visible, the elevation and eucalyptus trees lent a degree of separation from the throngs of camera-toters photographing the bridge.
That was the day I decided that no matter where you are in the
These cemeteries are also places of beauty and symmetry, from their uniform rows of headstones to their stately rows of mausoleums.
And they are places of tranquility, infused with a kind of stillness that words can not describe. When I recently visited
Military cemeteries (or national cemeteries, as some are properly called) can be found all across America, so you do not need to be somewhere like
Note: All of the pictures on this post were taken at Florida National Cemetery, which is a splendid place to see. However, it ranks as one of my all-time biggest “travel regrets” that I neglected to take any pictures of the cemetery by the Golden Gate.