It Is My Job To Exist As...

...a shining beacon of hope in the heartland


By: Juli Eklund

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Friday, 28-May-2004 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
In Honor of Memorial Day

The front gate. Yes, our famous local stone
You can't read that the bottom marker says NO FIREARMS. WTF?
The Wareham Mausoleum
Stained glass window in the Wareham crypt
Civil War Memorial
Plaque on Civil War Memorial
Civil War Headstones. There are two rows flanking the memorial
A beautifully flowering tree
Panorama of cemetery
Another panorama. It's really a peaceful place
The markers range from simple stones...
...to elaborate constructions
Many show attentive care and recent visits...
...while the neglect of others begs repair
Some are simply elegant
While others are elaborately detailed
I was...
...quite taken...
...with this particular...
...monument
Not much sadder...
...than the grave of a child
And now...
...a brief...
...break for...
...the local wildlife...
How many squirrels can YOU find?
Do you think his passing made a dent in the population count?
It's true; there's a fortune buried underground
Duh! Aren't they all?
Good thing they added names or I'd be stumped
Notice Mother & Father stuck there in the foreground
The lack of names tells me that this plot has no pride
Serious again. Can you see that her hands hold fresh flowers?
Originally known as Decoration Day, in which we decorate the graves of our fallen soldiers. It has grown to encompass a day in which we remember all of our dead.

My mother and I stumbled upon the most beautiful cemetery while she was here so I've gone back and done a series on Sunset Cemetery. I spent some time talking to the caretaker of the Wareham Crypt (over 3 decades he's taken care of this one area). The Wareham's were a prominent family that built a hotel and opera house in Manhattan, KS. They've probably done more, but I don't have the time to research them now and get this posted in a timely fashion. It was interesting to see names that I recognize from streets and buildings in town.

I trod with great respect for the occupants when I did this shoot. For the most part I feel I have done them honor. However, you know me, nothing is completely sacred and the final pictures of this series have a tinge of humor in them. If I am haunted tonight for this crime, so be it.


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