Friday, May 6, 2011
Rosecrans National Cemetery
I consider myself a well read and traveled individual and yet sometime I still get caught by surprise by my lack of knowledge. Up until my trip to San Diego, I would have told you that there was one National Cemetery and that is Arlington. When I drove by this cemetery on my way to Cabrillo Point, I immediately knew from the rows of marble tombstones that my knowledge was flawed and as it turns out, we have 146 of them. So on my way back, I pulled off and spent a while walking through the hallowed grounds of Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Most of the military people and their spouses buried in this cemetery are from World Wars I and II though according to their website, they have casualties from the San Pasqual in 1846 to more modern wars like Korea and Vietnam. I didn't see any Gulf War I or II burials but since it is still an active cemetery, I'm sure there are some.
It was a very peaceful cemetery and had gorgeous views overlooking both the Pacific Ocean (top photo) and San Diego Bay (bottom photo).
Once again, it reminded me of the price of our freedom paid for with our most valuable treasure, the blood of our soldiers. Another reminder that the decision to go to war should never be taken lightly.