I recently passed this memorial in Fredericksburg, near what people call the ‘bamboo forest’ (it’s a really nice area and I would encourage people to go for a walk – it’s very beautiful!) and it’s a memorial for the people of Fredericksburg who lost their lives in World War One and World War Two. It reminded me of the exhibition at the Fredericksburg Area Museum that some of us may have visited, where there were many examples given of how the people of Downtown Fredericksburg were affected by these conflicts. It serves as a reminder just how much damage can be felt by a small community and I think it really hits home how this is just one small in town in Virginia – never mind the other cities or towns across America and Europe that would have also been affected.
I also recently took a tour of Washington DC and passed by the Arlington Cemetery (excuse the very blurry photographs below, but I just wanted to try and show how expansive this cemetery is) and its very intense to witness physically the amount of people that lost their lives to wars like the one we are studying (even if passed by very briefly in the car). I think it’s a lot more ‘real’ almost to see the affects in front of you, first hand, in combination with some of the texts we are studying, and wanted to include it here as we discussed briefly last lesson of the ‘tomb of the unknown soldier’ which I found out is also located here in the Arlington Cemetery. I think it just places the consequences of this war a lot more in perspective and gives a further ending or story to the ones we have already read. Someone like Paul, Kat, Montie, Bob or even Nellie could be buried here.