On Memorial Day, like many other times, I visited our National Cemetery at Rosecrans for Memorial Day. I saw something this year that really took me back. At each grave site, in addition to the American Flag, was a long stemmed red rose. I went over much of the grounds and had never seen anything like this. I had guessed that there must have been thousands and thousands of long stemmed Red Roses. I decided to Google this and found out that this was actually the 3rd year of this effort.
It was orchestrated by the San Diego Chapter of Truman National Security Project and local community members. The first year 2015 they laid a thousand red roses and last year 6500 roses. This year their efforts and fund raising really paid off with 30,000 roses. A photo can not capture the beauty and the fresh rose fragrance that permeated the air but maybe you can get at least a sense of what this experience was like.
The Rosecrans National Cemetery is a treasure of our city that was recently upgraded. Each stone was removed and reset into concrete and then covered in grass. It took almost two years but what a magnificent difference. When you look through the rows each stone is perfectly aligned and straight.