I always saw the sign on the interstate: "DFW National Cemetery", and thought that someday I needed to go visit. Someday waited a long time, but when I saw Memorial Day ceremonies there on the TV news I went to visit 2 days later while all the flags were still up. If you don't have a loved one in the military, all the talk about honoring our troops and veterans is a bit abstract. But visiting one of the national cemeteries makes it all very real. The veteran at the visitors center was very helpful with information. One interesting fact...there is a handout there illustrating the many available emblems of belief for placement on government headstones and markers. There are 47 shown, but may be more. It's significant that they are called emblems of belief rather than religious symbols, since there is a symbol for athiests included. The DFW National Cemetery encompasses 638.4 acres (258.4 ha), and as of the end of 2005, had 13,166 interments. It was established in 2000 on the eastern shore of Mountain Creek Lake north of Dallas Baptist University. It is the sixth National Cemetery created in Texas and was created to meet the future needs of American veterans, nearly 1.5 million of whom live in the state of Texas. It currently has space for over 280,000 interments. It already serves as the resting place for several soldiers who have died in the Iraq War and War in Afghanistan (2001-present). It also has space available to accommodate casketed and cremated remains.
FEATURED PHOTO, Artist News group, 6/13/14
May 29th, 2014
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