As we approach Veterans' Day, I got to thinking about our trip to Shiloh National Military Park over Memorial Day weekend. Any trip to a National Cemetery is a sobering one. Battlefields are never celebratory places, instead they are places of remembrance. In its place on the river in the Tennessee, Shiloh is beautiful, but as we traveled around through the process of the battle, we couldn't help feel saddened by the lives lost in that place. There are several mass graves on the battlefield where soldiers are not identified, but instead buried with those they fought and fell with under the title of "Confederate Dead". In thinking on Veterans' Day, I hope that this reality doesn't come to pass again in our American History.
During our visit, the National Park Service was holding Cannon Fire Demonstrations. A Park Ranger would describe the process of firing the cannon during the Civil War and re-enactors would go through the process and then fire the cannon. It was so bone jarring with one cannon! Imagining many firing at the same time as well as gun fire is not possible for us. Please see the demonstration below.
While our tour of Shiloh Battlefield was not "fun," it was touching and reverent. As we walk into most National Parks with a sense of reverence, this National Military Park was even more so. Please take a moment this Veterans' Day to thank all the Veterans that have fought to allow our country to be a place worth living in. We are exceeding grateful for their service on our behalf.
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