Entrance to Rosehill Cemetery
"...Duty, Honor, Country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points: to build courage when courage seems to fail; to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith; to create hope when hope becomes forlorn... The unbelievers will say they are but words, but a slogan, but a flamboyant phrase. Every pedant, every demagogue, every cynic, every hypocrite, every troublemaker, and, I am sorry to say, some others of an entirely different character, will try to downgrade them even to the extent of mockery and ridicule.. .The soldier, above all other men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training - sacrifice. In battle and in the face of danger and death, he discloses those divine attributes which his Maker gave when he created man in his own image. No physical courage and no brute instinct can take the place of the Divine help which alone can sustain him. However horrible the incidents of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country, is the noblest development of mankind... Yours is the profession of arms, the will to win, the sure knowledge that in war there is no substitute for victory, that if you lose, the Nation will be destroyed, that the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country... This does not mean that you are warmongers. On the contrary, the soldier above all other people prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. But always in our ears ring the ominous words of Plato, that wisest of all philosophers: "Only the dead have seen the end of war." (General Douglas MacArthur/Last speech at West Point)
Memorial Day, formerly called Decoration Day was instituted to commemorate the Union and Confederate Soldiers who fought and died during the Civil War. During the Twentieth Century it evolved to commemorate military personnel who fought and died in all American wars. Over 500,000 soldiers died fighting in the Civil War.
Rosehill Cemetery, on Chicago's Northside, was established in 1859. The design of the entry way and building was by the same Architect who designed the Chicago Water Tower five years later. Rosehill Cemetery became one of the Chicago cemeteries where the city's Civil War Dead were buried. There is a large, well maintained area honoring those who served. There are also monuments to various units who fought during the Civil War war.
Gardens of Stone was a book Written by Army veteran and war correspondent Nicholas Proffit. The tile refers to Arlington National Cemetery.
The following are the lyrics to "The Story of a Soldier by Ennio Morricone. The haunting song was written for the movie "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" which was set in the backdrop of the Civil War. You can listen to the song while you view the gallery.
Bugles are calling from prairie to shore, Sign up and fall in and march off to war; Drums beating loudly, hearts beating proudly March blue and gray and smile as you go.
Smoke hides the valleys and fire paints the plains, Loud roar the cannons till ruin remains; Blue grass and cotton burnt and forgotten All hope seems gone so, soldier, march on to die.
Count all the crosses and count all the tears, These are the losses and sad souvenirs; This devastation once was a nation So fall the dice, how high is the price.
There in the distance a flag I can see, Scorched and in ribbons but whose can it be; How ends the story, whose is the glory, Ask if we dare our comrades out there who sleep.
Count all the crosses and count all the tears, These are the losses and sad souvenirs; This devastation once was a nation So fall the dice, how high is the price we pay.
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