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Memorial Day 2016 | Leighton DaCosta. Atlanta Lifestyle Photographer

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
— President Abraham Lincoln. November 19, 1863

Memorial Day 2016 in remembrance of those who have fallen while serving. 

Today I took the time to reflect on some of the people that I have known directly, or indirectly who have given their lives for this country. The ultimate sacrifice of a warrior is to die for one's country so that others may live. To those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. THANK YOU. 

I have always wanted to spend Memorial Day with those that have fought before me to defend freedom and liberty.  Marietta National Cemetery(MNC) is one of the oldest at 150 years old, in the nation. I learned so much about MNC, such as that it was originally chosen to be the site of the Confederate Capitol, but the owner, turned down the request, citing that he was going to put the land, "for a better purpose."

A granite memorial arch at the cemetery gate is inscribed: "Here rest the remains of 10,312 Officers and Soldiers who died in defense of the Union 1861-1865." 

A granite memorial arch at the cemetery gate is inscribed: "Here rest the remains of 10,312 Officers and Soldiers who died in defense of the Union 1861-1865." 

The white marble and concrete rostrum, 37 feet by 22 feet, with a metal roof was constructed in April 1940. The structure is of a classic architectural design and resembles a Greek temple of the Acropolis.

The white marble and concrete rostrum, 37 feet by 22 feet, with a metal roof was constructed in April 1940. The structure is of a classic architectural design and resembles a Greek temple of the Acropolis.

While walking around, I came across SSGT Edward Rudolph's marker and noticed that this airman soldier must have seen so much in his 88 years of life. I wonder what his legacy is? I wonder if his children, grandchildren, maybe even great-grandchildren, looked at him as a hero? 

One of the other things that I was reminded of, is that service members who have been discharged under honorable conditions are authorized internment in a National Cemetery. Not only that, but their spouses can share the plot as well. What I didn't consider was how spouses are listed. 

As shown, the spouse is identified on the back of the marker as well. Service members who are interested in being interred, need to make reservations with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many National Cemeteries are already at capacity for reservations. So the sooner that a service member or spouse makes the reservation, the better. 

I hope you enjoyed a little piece of my day and that you took time to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. 

LD

 

For more information on National Cemeteries, visit: The National Cemetery Administration

 

Leighton DaCosta

LeightonD, LLC, PO Box 80065, Charleston, SC 29416, USA

Hello, I'm Leighton and I help people around the world tell their story. Let me introduce myself. Whether it's for online dating, or a professional profile, it always seems that the "About Me" section is always the hardest to write. Not because you have nothing to say about yourself, but because you want to be sincere, genuine, interesting, and brief all at the same time. I have never been a fan of writing about me in the third person, like: "Leighton DaCosta, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Brooklyn, NY at an early age when his parents wanted to form a new life for themselves and their children. In the third grade, the family moved to Orlando, Fl, where Leighton considers his home town. After spending 3 tours in the Navy, he settled in Jacksonville, and now Miramar, Florida, where he now calls home. Today, still wanted by many, he does work as a fashion and wedding photographer. If you have a wedding(or photo shoot)... if no one else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire... ok.. this is not The A- Team." But you see what I mean? What do you know about me? How can we connect? Did you know that my FAVORITE food is Pizza and Sushi? Or that my favorite color is Purple? When I go to the wine bars, I usually order Mimosas, because even the cheapest champagne tastes great with some good ole OJ. When I travel, I like staying in nice hotels. Not because of the name, (even though I AM partial to Hyatt) but because of the bathrooms. One of my favorite hotels is the Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. Small rooms, but AWESOME bathrooms. I LOVE TO EAT, and eating as much as I have, has led me to be about 100 pounds more than I was in High School... Yeah there is some muscle there, but if it was all muscle, I'm sorry folks, I wouldn't be taking photos, I would be retiring from the NFL. If you want to see some of my favorite dishes, follow me on Instagram. Because of that, I find myself now in the gym more than ever. Trying to stay fit and alive... I workout, so I can EAT! Well that's enough for now, if you want to know more about me, follow my blog. Better yet, I want to find out more about YOU. So let's talk!

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