Monday, May 26, 2008

Sacred Ground


"This day tread I on Sacred Ground. Free of will yet honor bound


Remembrance offered on this Holy height, Six battlefields doth lie within sight.


The First Four Congressional Medals Of Honor - the ultimate sacrifice at Freedom's Altar

Sanctifies this hallowed soil from the Revolution to the future


The first awardees of the medal were men involved in "The Great Locomotive Chase".
Chattanooga National Cemetery has the graves of four of those recipients:

Sergeant Marion A. Ross (Civil War), 2nd Ohio Infantry. Georgia, June 18, 1862 (Section H, Grave 11179).
Sergeant John M. Scott (Civil War), Company F, 21st Ohio Infantry. Georgia, June 18, 1862 (Section H, Grave 11182).

Sergeant Samuel Slavens (Civil War), Company E, 33rd Ohio Infantry. Georgia, June 18, 1862 (Section H, Grave 11176).

Private Samuel Robertson (Civil War), Company G, 33rd Ohio Infantry. Georgia, June 18, 1862 (Section H, Grave 11177).

First Lieutenant William F. Zion (Boxer Rebellion), U.S. Marine Corps. Peking, China July 21 - August 17, 1900 (Section U, Grave 40 South Side).

Master Sergeant Ray E. Duke (Korean War), U.S. Army, Company C, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. Near Mugok, Korea, April 26, 1951 (Section Z, Grave 373).

Corporal Desmond T. Doss, Sr., (World War II), U.S. Army, Medical Detachment, 307th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division. Near Urasoe-Mura, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, April 29 – May 21, 1945 (Section P, Grave 6399-A).
45,542 souls. The Revolution, Civil War, Argonne Forest. Pearl Harbor,
Guadacanal, Wake Island, D Day, Leyte Gulf, Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia and
Iraq.

Our heroes live in our hearts. Memorial Day is a day of Remembrance. Their
name liveth evermore.

3 comments:

Donald Douglas said...

Very nice post!

Here's to wishing you and yours a blessed and relaxing Memorial Day Holiday!

Findalis said...

We shall not forget their sacrifice to this nation.

Have a good Memorial Day.

Karen said...

Terrific tribute, Courtney. Not forgotten.