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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Memorial Day

Memorial Day found us in Ludington, MI.  We had driven past what appeared to be a beautiful old cemetery the day before and thought it would be a good one to explore.  We went on a drive to find it in the morning, although we had to take a little detour to avoid the parade that was about to start!

It was a huge place, and the front of it had a lot of old gravesites, many with stones so old we could no longer read them.  We couldn't help but think of our daughter Heather and our friend Jenny who love to visit old cemeteries, knowing they would have enjoyed walking through it with us.



We enjoyed wandering, admiring some of the old stones.

 They vary in shapes and sizes...



 Some are no longer standing as straight as they once did.




But, they remain elegant after all these years.



 I found this one very touching; the dog is still watching over its masters final resting place.



There was a section dedicated to those who had served in the military; a fitting place for us to pay our respects on this solemn holiday.


There is something very touching about seeing rows of flags decorating these old stones.




I thought this was a poignant scene as well, a stone that has been toppled by a growing tree.

It was a beautiful way for us to spend our morning.
After this we went on our way, enjoying our drive back home.  On the way, we stopped at another lighthouse that is not very far from us, but we had never visited before.


Here you can see it through the trees.


 This is the White River Lighthouse, standing on the shore of Lake Michigan in Whitehall Michigan.
This one was closed so we weren't able to tour the inside, but we were free to wander around the outside.  The wooden piece in the front of the lighthouse is an old rudder from a ship.



Here's the lighthouse from the lake side.  It's not very big but it's full of charm and was well worth the stop to see it.

After this we made our way home, after only one day away, but feeling very rested and rejuvenated!

13 comments:

Dianna said...

So much history is found in cemeteries...especially in the older sections of it. Thank you for sharing your morning with us. This lighthouse has such character in its structure. I enjoyed my time with you. :)

Jenny said...

Oh Mari! That cemetery is stunning! YES I would have loved to wander it with you and Bob. Your pictures are wonderful. What a gorgeous day you had for it. xoxo

Mildred said...

Very poignant to see the rows of flags in the cemetery. This lighthouse is beautiful. I'm so happy you two enjoyed your day.

Simply Linda said...

Beautiful Mary....I especially love the dog watching over its owner/master, smiles.

Arlene Grimm said...

So pretty Mari!! Some good friends of mine were in the U P last week on vacation. She says we have to make a trip up there with them. They had such a good time, especially touring Mackinaw Island. I probably spelled that wrong but I am ready to join them for a repeat trip.

Betsy Brock said...

What a nice little trip! A beautiful way to spend Memorial Day!

Saleslady371 said...

These are the kind of trips my family likes too. My husband is intrigued with the old graveyards. I like that dog at his master's grave. My daughter collected lighthouses in college and still likes to visit them when we go to the ocean when we're out her way.

Heather said...

That cemetery is beautiful! Definitely one that I will have to visit the next time we are in Ludington. There is nothing quite like the history found in a cemetery. I always wonder what their lives were like and who they were.

Henny Penny said...

That is a beautiful cemetery, one that I would love to walk through. The grave with the dog is most touching. It makes me feel sad. I enjoyed the pictures from your last post too. That big ship coming in is amazing.

Terri D said...

I shed a tear at the dog sitting my its master's grave. How sad and beautiful. I enjoy exploring old cemeteries too. There is something so peaceful about them....

Laura said...

Really nice pictures. Amazing how big and intricate some of the headstones are, and how simple and plain others. So interesting to think about their stories. So glad you two had a great time!

Michelle said...

Great pictures of this cemetery. They are one of my favorite places to visit.

Cherdecor said...

I will have to admit I never thought of walking through cemeteries unless looking for a family member who had been buried there. I will have to do it some day to look for history too. Your lighthouses were a new thought to me too! I always saw pictures of just the lighthouse. Some of yours look like actual residences. Very interesting!