Monday, May 25, 2009

A Day of Remembrance

"The mystic cords of memory stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart...should swell into a mighty chorus of remembrance, gratitude and rededication on this solemn occasion." ~ Abraham Lincoln

As Memorial Day was first began to honor the memory of Union soldiers who gave their lives in the Civil War, I thought I'd share my pictures from the last stop on our return trip, Andersonville Prison Camp and Cemetery in Andersonville, Georgia. It is now a National Historic site and quite well done. It was originally intended to be very isolated and remains so out in the Georgia countryside. These are a recreation of the makeshift tents that the prisoners lived in.

About 13,000 of the 45,000 prisoners died at Andersonville as a consequence of the horrible conditions.

Each state erected statues to remember their fallen soldiers. This is New Jersey's.

Today, let us not forget those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice for this great country.

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