I recently came to work as a cemetery chaplain at Arlington. I have been conducting funerals for a few weeks now and find myself asking the question, "where do I want to be buried?" I think my first choice is at the Veterans Cemetery in Chattanooga Tennessee. How about you? If you could be buried anywhere in the country where would your final resting place to be?
Posted >1 y ago
I made the decision about where I wanted to be buried probably four decades ago. It was based upon a number of things, but the primary factors were these. Most of my life has been spent living and working in the Midwest. I am retired now and still living here. I also have an exhaustive love for and keen interest in history, especially the history of the American West, the pioneers, the Native Americans, and everything that tells the story of the settling of the nation. I have ancestors who played an intimate part in that story, so genealogy has also become a great passion of mine since I was a young boy. (Trust me, I'm getting to my answer!!!) Now, when you combine my military service with the above, I made my choice for my final resting place based upon each of those factors, and decided that I wanted to be buried in Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. First, I believe this very active Army post is the oldest continuously operating military site in the country. Secondly, this cemetery, like so many of our national cemeteries, is set in a very picturesque location on the post. And, finally, my resting place will be among many of those individuals who were such an integral part of the history of the American West, not to mention hundreds and hundreds of men and women from every branch of the military who fought in every war and conflict this nation has been involved in since our country was founded. I must confess that, while still above ground and years away, I hope, from "passing through the veil," the very thought of spending eternity lying amongst people and in a location of such great historical and military significance gives me an immense sense of peace. Sorry it took so long to "get to the point."
No desire to be buried - cremated with my ashes poured into a river where I grew up. I wouldn't mind having my name placed on the memorial bench at the VFW Post 1 plot at Fairmount Cemetery in Denver. It was my son's Eagle Project to get it installed with the name of one of our members who was very active and passed away recently. He's buried in Ft Logan with his Grandfather and Uncles.
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