Soldier’s Final Bivouac

On this 2015 Memorial Day weekend, I decided to drive a short distance yesterday from our home in SW Virginia to visit the National Veterans Cemetery in Danville Virginia. Walking around the grounds I noted the majority of grave-sites were from the Civil War era, but there were still lots of WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War headstones marking the final resting place for those veterans. I was alone there, and I think that made it more special for me, what with the silence and peaceful beauty all around. I was especially fortunate to be able to capture a pretty special view of the high flag pole with Old Glory blowing in the wind above. One day, all of us veterans of military service will join the ranks of those already resting in our final “Bivouac Above.”






  1. Very nice Colonel of Engineers! Thank you for being a great role model all these years.

    All of us must continue to educate our youth. I spoke on both Memorial and Veterans Day for many years as a Sr CSM. Often times I would lecture a little. Majority of those in attendance at this lightly gathered moments of respect would be the age 50+. People where are your children and grandchildren today? Do they know the lessons of Freedom and Sacrifices?

    God Bless America and of course our Fallen comrades from all generations.

    Again, YOUR leadership has been a beacon of light while my commander and later with your important work for the Engineer Regiment while with AEA.

    With great respect, Mike

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