Comments on: Section 60 stripped of mementos http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/10/08/section-60-stripped-of-mementos/ What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: chrisdad http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/10/08/section-60-stripped-of-mementos/comment-page-1/#comment-355145 Sun, 23 Mar 2014 20:25:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=43735#comment-355145 As a father whose son is buried in Section 60, I too have left mementos on his grave. I can only imagine the appearance of Arlington if all these were left in place. I have observed the mowing and leaf collection crews working hard to keep Arlington beautiful. This would be impossible with all the mementos in place. I leave what I want when I am there, a special picture, flowers etc., knowing full well they will be collected. I leave these as a connection with my son when I visit. It is more for me than him. I want his burial ground to be beautiful and respectful. Thanks for the hard work of the grounds keepers.

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By: WolfmanJack http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/10/08/section-60-stripped-of-mementos/comment-page-1/#comment-354912 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 07:09:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=43735#comment-354912 The military is doing the right thing here.

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By: snappycappy http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/10/08/section-60-stripped-of-mementos/comment-page-1/#comment-354911 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 05:10:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=43735#comment-354911 If people feel the need for a “shrine” they should do it within their own homes. A Military Cemetery is not the place for this sort of display. As one person said, the memory is within ones heart, and the departed will be forever cherished there.

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By: richinnc http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/10/08/section-60-stripped-of-mementos/comment-page-1/#comment-354908 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 01:21:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=43735#comment-354908 The military does like uniforms, both while on duty and after death. Just as I could not wear pins or logos of worthwhile groups on my uniform when I was active duty I can understand the rules for “conduct” after death. The Military Cemetery is the burial place for people who have worn the uniform while alive and now are in a uniform military burial ground. Perhaps part of my “coldness” is due to my belief that their bones my be there but that the spirit of the person is everywhere. I do not have to go to a cemetery to think of a loved one, I have them in my heart forever. Being a Christian I can have faith that they are in a better place – free from pain and free from government shutdowns.

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By: StuDubya http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/10/08/section-60-stripped-of-mementos/comment-page-1/#comment-354907 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 00:49:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=43735#comment-354907 besides, it would be one thing if ppl just pit a lil rock or something there but people are getting out of control blowing the place up w all the crap theyre littering it with. if everyone knew about discretion and could respect the sanctity of the military cemetery, there wouldnt be this backlash from the authority. just like rules in the army. you can bend em but once it gets out of control they come down like a brick. DISCRETION PPL! jesu frikkin cristo, dependapotimus is ruining it for the rest of us even in the afterlife…

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By: StuDubya http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/10/08/section-60-stripped-of-mementos/comment-page-1/#comment-354906 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 00:44:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=43735#comment-354906 I agree w the policy. I’d hate for my family to come visit my headstone only to feel guilty that they havent brought flowers everyday or cant afford all the decorations others do. Its a military cemetery, everyone is to be treated equally. Same reason everyone gets the same white marble stone. The only differentiation is our name and the military decorations we earned. If we wanted to be special and have everyone notice we’d be artists or something. The soldier’s life is one of faceless sacrifice, thats why they call it ‘serving’. in life, and in death.

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By: BillFord http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/10/08/section-60-stripped-of-mementos/comment-page-1/#comment-354905 Sun, 13 Oct 2013 23:46:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=43735#comment-354905 I can understand this because it fits right in with the military mentality of “it doesn’t matter whether it is right or wrong, logical or illogical….this is how we do it and orders are orders”.

Ask any soldier or veteran to name off a few completely stupid rules and regulations they’ve had to endure; they’ll be able to recite an armload of things tat don’t seem to make any sense on the face of it. Later on in life they may tell you they understand the need for this regimented stupidity.

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By: PeterBarlow http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/10/08/section-60-stripped-of-mementos/comment-page-1/#comment-354903 Sun, 13 Oct 2013 23:22:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=43735#comment-354903 Glad to hear the authorities are adhering to the established policies. There is nothing tackier than old snapshots and teddy bears draped about haphazardly, in fact it is most undignified. If the survivors want a cheap piblic display let them bury their fallen heroes elsewhere.

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By: Robocop5626 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/10/08/section-60-stripped-of-mementos/comment-page-1/#comment-354902 Sun, 13 Oct 2013 21:28:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=43735#comment-354902 Perhaps they should stop the need for new graves and the exhibitions of loss would not be warranted!

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By: TG34 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/10/08/section-60-stripped-of-mementos/comment-page-1/#comment-354901 Sun, 13 Oct 2013 20:34:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=43735#comment-354901 There are people in this world that plant gardens over a loved ones grave and others that prefer emptiness, feeling that nothing can bring comfort. Ultimately, the grave is for those left behind, not the courageous who have moved on to dance in the great beyond.
Let the people do what they will, regardless of policy. Let the people do what they will, regardless of acceptableness.
Let the people do what they will, regardless of what is deemed appropriate.
Let the people do what they will, and be proud their dancing loved ones did the same, even unto death.
Amen.

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