Travel Theme: Statues

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is statues, so here are a few of my favorite images of statues.

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Abe Lincoln, at his memorial on the Washington, DC Tidal Basin.

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Statue of George Washington in Boston’s Pubic Garden during the World Series in 2013.

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The Statue of Liberty, as seen from the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Outside of a house in Houghs Neck, Mass.

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Headstone in a cemetery in Quincy, Mass.

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In Memory

One of the things I noticed when I moved from the west coast to the east was the vast difference in cemetery decoration. At the cemetery where many of my family members were laid to rest, there is a two-week-long window before and after Memorial Day when grave decorations are allowed. If you don’t collect them before the window closes, cemetery staff throw them away. This is to make mowing and lawn care easier, but it does make for a vast, gray landscape.

Cemeteries in the east, however, seem to embrace grave decorations, and some people go all out. This is one example, from a cemetery in Sagamore, Mass.

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What do you think? Should people be allowed to memorialize their loved ones with flowers, statues and keepsakes, or should cemeteries be kept free of clutter?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

What are you thankful for? As we’ve discussed previously, that sort of talk gives me great trauma. But, this week’s photo challenge asks us to consider what we are thankful for. While there are many things, I am sure you have no interest in seeing lots of pictures of my family, home, job, health, etc. So, I’ll share a photo I made yesterday, while so many people were out and about making sure America’s retail industry was successful in 2012. We were outside the Old North Church, in Boston, and came across a war memorial, dedicated to American soldiers lost since WWI, and created by British military groups.

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