Monday, October 01, 2007

Fort Snelling National Cemetery

A gravesite either being ready for a ceremony or just having finished one.
HISTORY:
"Fort Snelling was a frontier fort first established in 1805. Its original purpose was to keep the peace on the western frontier. During the American Civil War it served as a recruitment area for Minnesota volunteers. The cemetery itself was not officially established until 1870.

In 1937, the citizens of St. Paul, petitioned Congress to construct a National Cemetery in the area, and in 1939 the new plot was dedicated, and the remains from the original post cemetery were transferred to it. In 1960, the Fort Snelling Air Force Station transferred 146 acres to the cemetery, and another 177 acres were acquired in 1961, expanding the cemetery to its current size." (Wiki)

I have wanted to use cemeteries as a theme for sometime now; during this coming week, I'll post more photos that I took for the OCTOBER THEME DAY and to satisfy my wish to explore more gravesites.

CURRENTLY THERE ARE 101 DAILY BLOGGERS REGISTERED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS OCTOBER THEME DAY. Visit them and leave a comment! Because of time differences, some may be posting later than others, but remember to go back to visit. Here they are!!
St. Louis (MO), USA - San Diego (CA), USA - Cleveland (OH), USA - New York City (NY), USA - Boston (MA), USA - Mainz, Germany - Hyde, UK - Arlington (VA), USA - Cape Town, South Africa - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Toulouse, France - Arradon, France - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Montego Bay, Jamaica - Ampang (Selangor), Malaysia - Joplin (MO), USA - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Mexico (DF), Mexico - Seattle (WA), USA - Baziège, France - Baltimore (MD), USA - Chandler (AZ), USA - Sequim (WA), USA - Stayton (OR), USA - Stockholm, Sweden - Austin (TX), USA - Singapore, Singapore - Anderson (SC), USA - Orlando (FL), USA - Greenville (SC), USA - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Nashville (TN), USA - Tenerife, Spain - Manila, Philippines - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Jacksonville (FL), USA - River Falls (WI), USA - Chateaubriant, France - Quincy (MA), USA - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Crystal Lake (IL), USA - Inverness (IL), usa - Lubbock (TX), USA - Phoenix (AZ), USA - Moscow, Russia - Norwich (Norfolk), UK - Crepy-en-Valois, France - Minneapolis (MN), USA - New Orleans (LA), USA - Montréal (QC), Canada - West Sacramento (CA), USA - Toruń, Poland - Philadelphia (PA), USA - Christchurch, New Zealand - London, England - Paderborn, Germany - The Hague, Netherlands - Selma (AL), USA - Sunderland, UK - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Stavanger, Norway - Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA - Weston (FL), USA - Portland (OR), USA - Forks (WA), USA - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Boston (MA), USA - Sydney, Australia - Wellington, New Zealand - Montpellier, France - Jackson (MS), USA - Wailea (HI), USA - Petaling Jaya (Selangor), Malaysia - Evry, France - Saarbrücken, Germany - New York City (NY), USA - Santa Fe (NM), USA - North Bay (ON), Canada - Melbourne, Australia - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Cypress (TX), USA - Saint Louis (MO), USA - Paris, France - San Diego (CA), USA - Wichita (Ks), USA - Haninge, Sweden - Prague, Czech Republic - Zurich, Switzerland - Budapest, Hungary - Paris, France - Saigon, Vietnam - Grenoble, France - Zurich, Switzerland - Port Angeles (WA), USA - Naples (FL), USA - Toronto (ON), Canada

34 comments:

  1. What are the little shade tent and chairs for?

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  2. I appreciate the quiet simplicity of this cemetery.

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  3. I see that you caught a funeral about to/or just happened. While taking my photos I found myself sidetracked by all of the personal stories on the tombstones. It's somewhat hard to detach and just take a great photo. Good job!

    Port Angeles Daily Photo

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  4. Every time I drive by here, I've wanted to stop for a photo shoot, but haven't had the time. I'm looking forward to your next photos.

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  5. A nice and tidy cemetery, Kate.

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  6. It hurts my heart to think of the families who have had to bury their loved ones in military cemeteries in the last few years. Your photo is an eloquent reminder to us all. Thank you, Kate.

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  7. I think cemetaries are a history lesson. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your photos.

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  8. This cemetery looks so neat and clean!

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  9. Tout en difference avec les cimetieres russes, ici tout est simplicité. j'aime beaucoup aussi


    All of difference with the Russian cemeteries, here all is simplicity. I like much too

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  10. They look like the ones we usually see on TV!

    Did they just had a memorial service or something?

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  11. Nice shot, I like the markers, they are so differnet.
    Thanks for your comments on Hem's.

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  12. A cemetery to reflect. Lovely photo.

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  13. Thank you for the history lesson. Don't go spending too much time in cemetaries!

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  14. Very poignant, showing the tent for an upcoming funeral. And I'll be looking forward to your other posts this week!

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  15. Well-ordered and geometrical military cemetery. But death is not always so tidy...

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  16. I have the same questions with Sally.

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  17. I wanted to ask the same question as Sally and Bundawah :-)

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  18. Ah Kate, so far away and yet so familiar. Great shot for our theme day today! My father, a non combatant WWII medic who was wounded and received a purple heart medal, is interred at the National Cemetery in Riverside, CA, and his graveside service with honor guard and flag ceremony was held under a canopy exactly like this one!
    -Kim
    Seattle Daily Photo

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  19. Great photo and information.

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  20. Looks like there will be a funeral today. Interesting info about the cemetery

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  21. When I saw the tent for an upcoming or just-over funeral, my first thought was that I hope it isn't for some young man/woman killed in Iraq. There are too many of those lately.

    Nice shot, Kate.

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  22. Are those the "transferred" graves from the Civil War or more current?

    Military cemeteries are so stark and yet so moving...

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  23. The chairs at our grave side services are more comfortable looking. However, you never want to set in one.

    Sally and BundaWAH, the tent and chairs are used for grave side services when someone is interred. At most cemeteries they are only put in place on the day of a funeral.

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  24. Military cemeteries are simple and visually and aesthetically pleasing.

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  25. We have a military cemetery here too. They are impeccably organized, well tended, and much respected.

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  26. Great pic, Kate!

    I love wandering through cemeteries, the older the better. Sunday, Oct 7 is the annual "Talking Spirits" tour here at Forest Hill Cemetery, something I always look forward to. This year we are to meet the spirits of several people who served during the Civil War. (I have posts on my blog from previous tours, just search under "cemetery.")

    Looking forward to more posts from your cemetery!

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  27. A sad day portrayed very well. I like your photo.

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  28. Nice shot, interesting picture for a theme.

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  29. We had an military interment for my Father in Law at the Presidio in San Francisco. had the same type of canopy and chairs.
    Nice shot kate.

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  30. Great photo--the uniformity is striking, from the headstones to the chairs lined up for the ceremony. Lovely contrast of colors, too, very nice shot.

    Thanks for your visit to Arlington DP!

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  31. Nothing is sadder than burrying a loved one in the rain. At least the canopy keeps the family dry!

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  32. Such a solemn seeming photo, Kate.

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  33. So nice to put up a tent and chairs for the grieving ones. Nice picture.

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  34. Good choice. We're all (at least in Europe) used to seeing 1st & 2nd war cemetaries, but the recent dates bring reality home

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