And the Soldiers Marched Down to the Sea: Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
Nestled on a strip of land high above the ocean lies Fort Rosecrans, a military internment site serving as the final resting place for 100,000 soldiers, staring calmly out to the ocean and stalwartly guarding the bay. While I tend to prefer my graveyards on the candle-lit and gloomy side, there is something so perfectly peaceful about Ft. Rosecrans that it’s the ideal choice to feature today, as we celebrate Veterans Day here in the United States.
Known as Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery since 1934, the cemetery sits on a narrow strip of land nearly 400 feet above the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay. Serving as a military fort since at least 1796, interments date to the mid 1800s, the early days of the California Republic. Facing south, towards the historic Point Loma lighthouse and beyond to Mexico, the cemetery is boarded by the city of San Diego to the east and…
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