This week, Cheri Lucas Rowlands challenges us to “capture silence in a photograph.” I immediately thought of one place, a place where silence is eternal. Arlington National Cemetery, the resting place of hundreds of thousands of those who served their country in their lifetime. You can read her entire challenge post here.
This week, I am posting my entry a day or two later than usual for two reasons. We had visitors this week who came to join us as we made our annual journey to the Scottsdale edition of Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction. In an upcoming post, we’ll feature some of those images here. The second reason this post is a bit later than usual is that I am learning a new photo processing tool. I wanted to rework the original raw images using Skylum Software’s Luminar 2018. It was recently released for Windows and I want to give it a try as another option for photo processing.
But I digress from the topic of this post. The image above is of the anchor from the battleship USS Maine, sunk in Havana Harbor on 15 February 1898. The anchor is part of a memorial that also includes the mast of the ill-fated ship. The memorial honors the 260 lives lost (actually three different references quote the loss as 260, 266 and 268.) In any case, the sinking was the spark that ignited the Spanish-American War in 1898.
Probably the most iconic memorial in Arlington Cemetery is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. A cadre of elite volunteer service personnel guard the tomb at all times in all kinds of weather. Only the sound of footsteps breaks the silence as a lone sentry paces a well-worn path. Two of the major attractions for visitors is the Changing of the Guard and Presentations of a Memorial Wreath. The image above features the conclusion of a wreath-laying presentation. Most browsers will allow you to select an image below to enlarge it and to scroll through the gallery.