Thursday, August 26, 2010

Gettysburg Take 3

This is the third time I have visited Gettysburg: once when I was 12, again when I was 14, and now again at 24.

I feel as though every time I visit, I capture more of the essence, struggle, and strife of the three days' battle.

The scenery is so peaceful and calm that it is difficult to imagine the malice and collision that took place.

This memorial is built from materials originating from Maine and Alabama. The natural gas flame on top is supposed to symbolize the eternal peace of these grounds.
A plaque near the memorial related the events of a "reunion" of Civil War soldiers in the 1930's. FDR spoke from this memorial to thousands of veterans, most in their 90's and one as old as 110. A picture on the plaque depicted a soldier from the North and a soldier from the South shaking hands. How powerful to see brotherly love transcend decades after such a bitter war!

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