August 5th/Week 31

This week, I finally got to visit someone whom I have missed dearly over the past couple of weeks.  She’s home on bedrest, and my life isn’t nearly as happy without seeing her face daily.  During the visit, two of her three cats came out to socialize and I managed to catch them checkin me out.  So, Shannon, these are for you – get better and come back.  Soon.  Please.  I’m begging.

I also got a chance to visit the VA National Cemetery here in Dayton.  Here’s a little history lesson for you, courtesy of United States Department of Veteran Affairs:

“Dayton National Cemetery, located in Montgomery County, Ohio, was established as the permanent burial site for residents of the Central Branch of the National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in 1867… The Dayton Soldiers’ Monument dominates the national cemetery from atop a mound at the center of the landscape. The cornerstone was laid in 1873, and it was completed in 1877. This dramatic structure is composed of a 30-foot marble column on a granite base with an ornamental cap and soldier posed at parade rest. At the corners of the base stand four figures representing the Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery and Navy.”

Here’s my attempt at capturing what you see at 10pm – forgive the noisiness of the photos, but it was very dark.  I haven’t really done it justice here, but this site is amazing and heart-breaking. 

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