|Independence Day, 5 by 7 watercolor, 300 Lb. d'Arches
"Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees," Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson's last words, 1863.Those words come to mind as I seek out veterans' graves in rural cemeteries, attracted by the signature tombstones.
Today was day 4 of the #WorldWatercolorMonth.com challenge, and it led me to Oakwood Cemetery, an 1892 chartered Territorial cemetery on 15th street a few miles east of our house, just before you get to Arcadia Lake.
I've been there many times--a peaceful, thoughtful place, well cared for, and still "active" with its own association and families still burying loved ones there.
What brought me this time was Independence Day, hunting a watercolor subject. I knew there would be flags on veterans graves, and there were. Veterans from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam are buried there., and I walked to all of them, thinking about the stories, the lives.
His parents, born in the 1850s, must have been homesteaders. I noticed his mother died before him, his father 20 years later, as well as two brothers, all together in a family plot.
Behind his grave is a huge tree, with another veteran's grave near by, and I thought of Jackson's words.
|The Lowder family plot, my watercolor stool in the corner left.
Independence isn't free.