Archive for February, 2013

Peace Light

The Eternal Peace Light Memorial overlooks the scene of the early fighting of the Battle of Gettysburg, atop Oak Hill. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicated the monument in 1938 as part of the final Blue and Gray reunion on the 75th anniversary of the battle. In attendance were approximately 1,800 remaining veterans of the Union and Confederate armies, the youngest of whom was 88 years old. Built on northern and southern donations, the memorial is topped with an eternal flame. You can hear Roosevelt’s remarks and view photos from the event here.

It’s also the subject of one of the earliest photos I ever took with my own camera that was worth keeping.

1989 Gettysburg Field Trip

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Anyone who’s been following along here for a length of time will know that porcelain portraits are on my list of “coolest things to have on a headstone.” Most porcelain portraits are clearly drawn from posed, often professional portraits, but every once in a while, a family chooses a photo that you can’t help but smile back at.

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Captain Burt E. Skeel died while representing the Army Air Service in the International Air Race at Wilbur Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. He crashed in front of spectators when the wings came off his plane. A native of East Cleveland, Ohio, Skeel had served in World War I, starting in the infantry and then transferring to the Air Service, where he remained as a pilot after the war.

Maurer Maurer.
Aviation in the U.S. Army, 1919-1939.

Peter Vischer, “When Men Race with Death to Make the Air Safe.” Popular Science. January 1925.

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This monument was put in sometime very recently, because it was not erected yet the last time I visited Lake View Cemetery, but it was there when I traveled there Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend.

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In my other life, I am a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), and one of my particular areas of interest is prayer beads. The rosary wasn’t standardized until the 1560s, but there were various forms of prayer beads used in Christian Europe for the previous few hundred years, and the rosary became the best known one and most associated with Roman Catholicism.

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