Friday, February 27, 2009

Skywatch Friday

While traveling home we stopped at Vicksburg, Mississippi to tour the Vicksburg National Military Park. It is a beautiful place. It is so peaceful now with all its monuments. There are several grand monuments. Some are quite small but none the less important to the men who fought here. The skies behind them went from partly sunny to cloudy.
Sort of like my thoughts.
Being here were such a siege took place during the Civil War gave me a sobering reflection. Just thinking about the lives lost for such seemingly precious property. Thinking that wars will never stop being fought. SAD.I could almost hear the soldiers shouting at one another so close in battle yet so far apart in thought.
For more skywatching you can go here. For more about the Park you can go here.

19 comments:

Teri C said...

Wonderful photos of a beautiful place and sombering thoughts.

I bet Luna was happy to see you come back.

Kerri said...

Such history on this piece of earth! Lovely photos, Lisa. I hope you had a wonderful vacation.
I can imagine how happy Luna is to have you home :)

garden girl said...

Beautiful photos Lisa. I can relate to what you felt there. Several years ago when I visited Gettysburg, I had a similar experience.

It's so wonderful to get away, and always nice to come back home.

Sue said...

Your pics and reflections were timely for me in a way, because the director of multicultural education of our school system sent out an email today, quoting a history professor from Georgia who is white, and ashamed of his fellow white people for wanting bad things to happen to our new president because of his race. I've never heard this before. The person who wrote this message said that whites have a "ridiculous obsession with skin color", and assume they are superior because of theirs. I think he should not assume this of all white people. I find this very offensive.

I better stop my rant, but I just wonder when people will not judge others by skin color, speak for themselves, and quit accusing others of things. I don't know what things are like in the south, but I hope they are getting better.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Sue, if all white southerners wanted the President dead he wouldn't have been elected. I think the Professor was having a bad day.

You just can't lump people. There will always be someone that is negative.

It is shameful that people would even talk like that. I have heard some say they want him to fail. To me that is like saying you want America to fail. I think even this is shameful. Whether you are Black, White, Democrat or Republican, Man or Woman you must want America to be successful.

SandyCarlson said...

Interesting place, to be sure. The Civil War takes my breath away. How hard they fought.... Makes me stop and consider how important home is.

Jayne said...

Wow, that Illinois monument is impressive indeed. It is sad that these monuments have be constructed at all. Glad you all got to go see such a place of history.

Rose said...

Welcome home, Lisa! I hope you had a wonderful vacation. Visiting war memorials always gives me pause; mankind has made so much progress in our years on this earth, but we still haven't learned how to coexist peacefully.

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
I am so sad whenever we stop at the Memorials. I can feel the pain and suffering.
War is so very sad. Cival War battle grounds are around me in my city...always sad.
Glad you are home...
Sherry

Gail said...

Welcome home Lisa! There are memorials and monuments all over the USA; our history may be short, but it is rich. Just driving around Nashville you can see roadside signs about the Battle of Nashville.
I hope you had a warm and restful vacation...because spring is going to arrive before wea ll know it! gail

Dawn said...

Lovely photos, Lisa. Thank you for taking us along for the journey with you. These battlefields are certainly places of reflection. Sometimes the ghosts there seem all too real.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I haven't been to Vicksburg since I was a teen. It was on the way to my grandparents home and we stopped there many times.

Cheryl said...

Hi Lisa....beautifully written....so moving......

I love the photographs......did you enjoy your time away and was the lovely Luna pleased to see you??

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Unfortunately, so true. I felt that way when we visited Gettysburg. It seemed filled with ghosts.~~Dee

Meems said...

Lisa,
Welcome home. You surely captured some great shots of beautiful Vicksburg. Thank God for every man and woman brave and courageous to fight for America! It is because of them we still have our freedom. Sadly there will always be wars as long as people inhabit the earth. The memorials that commemorate these battles are good for reflections as you described. We need to remember what it has taken for our country to be great!

Quintilian B. Nasty said...

These places are hallowed ground. When my wife and I visited Gettysburg about eight years ago, I felt the same way. Looking down from Little Round Top is a sobering view.

Shady Gardener said...

Thank you for this post. You had quite a trip. Experiences like these are valuable reminders.

Frances said...

Gosh, Lisa, your words gave me goosebumps. The deaths and destruction of the civil war are among the saddest of all. Brother against brother....it is heart breaking.

Frances

Roses and Lilacs said...

Beautiful photos. All I could think about when I looked at the first was 'what a workout'.
Marnie