I've been wanting to find this one since I did not yet have any finds for a topkitty/markrocks cache. All the comments about the container camo had me further intrigued so today I went after it. Found it with no trouble and signed log.
While there I took a stroll around the area. There were numerous veterans of various wars there. Misters William Parsons and Silas James were members of Co. A, 50th Arkansas Militia, Confederate States of America. What turmoil there must have been in the minds of Americans who had to take up arms against fellow Americans.
On one grave of an Air Force veteran a flag spoke to me. It waved vigorously symbolic of the turmoil of war this vet went through. Then it stood stately and peaceful symbolic of the peace we enjoyed for a period of time after having put down the enemies of freedom. Then it went through the cycle again symbolic of other enemies of freedom rising up. Wars and rumors of wars - an endless cycle until Jesus returns. As one of our forefathers said, the price of freedom is eternal diligence.
It is always interesting to read the phrases carved into the stone of the different memorials. There were many of the usual ones - asleep in Jesus, rest in peace, beloved husband and father, etc. One veteran who was only 25 when he deceased had this: "His spirit smiles from heaven's shore, and softly whispers, weep no more." One can only wonder what caused the afore weeping and take comfort in the sorrow ending.
A visit like this with evidence all around us that we must one day meet our maker, and with the quietness and serenity gives one pause to consider his standing with the Creator. Thanks for bringing me here and God Bless You, Topkitty98, and Rest In Peace, Markrocks.
My favorite of all the phrases I saw today was this one:
His words were kindness,
His deeds were love,
His spirit humble,
He rests above.
May it be said of me someday.