3 June 2021
I was at the GA National Cemetery in Canton, GA yesterday morning paying my respects to Karen since it was 10 years ago yesterday God called her home. Arriving at about 9:30 I did not expect to see a lot of groundworkers there who were not just taking care of the lawn. And I was taken back a bit.
First off, so much has changed since the last time I was there and they have opened many new areas, enough to confuse some people. But they were quite busy, laying out new rows for graves, digging new graves, and replacing grave markers.
Why replace grave markers you might ask? That means the spouse of the first one to pass has joined them For example, Karen’s grave has her information on the front about being my wife and that I am the veteran. On the back is the grave number. When the day comes for my sons to put me there, the VA will replace that marker with one that has my info on the front and her’s on the back.
We are losing our veterans and the ones who gave them all their moral support at a very fast rate. Be sure to their stories while they are with us.
I’ll end with a little hint, do not trust the VA grave locator at newer cemeteries (less than 20 years old) as they may renumber sections. They are not buried here and there, they are buried in chronological order. Karen is in a full-size grave in June of 2011 so it was section 1, now section 6 but find the section where the front section is 2010 or 2011 and start walking back until you find the year and row that corresponds. Same with the ones where urns are buried with ashes.