This is the arch over St Anne’s cemetery on Mackinac Island ---you know me and cemeteries, right?
Well, it was a very cold afternoon, and I was in the company of The Hubster and Jill on our long walk about after my last workshop on Tuesday afternoon –and here we were.
There are three separate cemeteries on Mackinac Island, with St Anne’s coming into view first on the route we took.
It had me wondering – were these full time residents that are buried here? Or part timers who had summer homes and chose to be laid to rest in the place they loved most?
Probably some of both.
Fort Cemetery, Mackinac Island
There is an old military fort on the island, but it wasn’t open for touring yet ---but this humble site caught our attention, and our hearts. Those who have served our country in ANY century have sacrificed so much.
History of the Post Cemetery
Many of the stones say simply “US SOLDIER” because the original wooden markers deteriorated along with the name and rank, leaving no mention of who it was that was buried in this space. Row after row after row of just “US Soldier.” It was a humbling experience.
Family members were also buried here.
Cemetery Marker for 16 year old Allen Henry O'brien.
Mrs Mary, wife of Major William Henry.
One of the largest markers in the small Post Cemetery--
Okay, I know it’s kind of odd to some, but I like to read the names and the dates and ponder about this person and their life. Acknowledge them. Say "Hello!" How different are our lives, yet how much the same?
I’ve been out for my walk this morning. I know this post is late, but it’s been a crazy morning and I have to allow for some hiccups now and then. In fact, my summer posts when I’m home may be coming a bit later in the morning because I’d really like to get out earlier for my walk. Usually it is blog first thing – but I’ve got to beat this NC heat that is on its way – the humidity is already crawling back up out there ---so don’t worry, posts will still come!
If you are on the west coast, it likely won’t affect you at all, but my east coast readers who like to breakfast with me with their morning cuppa may just have to peek back a bit later in the morning to find me.
Walk done, I’m ready to tackle the studio! Have a great Wednesday, everyone!