Tuesday, July 06, 2010
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in the Punchbowl crater is just four miles from the bustle of the city center but seems a world away. We stopped at the visitors' center and typed in the names of those to whom we had come to pay our respects. The first was interred in a site not far from the road, and the ashes of the other two, along with their wives, were in the colombarium.
At the top of the memorial steps the major battles of the Pacific war are displayed in large maps [photo at right of the Okinawa campaign from acresofhonor.com].
But one can't dwell on these sobering ruminations for long in this peaceful setting. We returned to the car and took one last look at Lady Columbia. By the way, do you recognize her? Her image used to be beamed into American households every week.