We take note of our monuments on Memorial Day, as a way to honor those who served, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in defense of America.
They are as eternal as granite, and as ephemeral as a fluttering bit of cloth.
Some name plates are obscured with the patina of many decades. Others, are sharp and shiny with reminders of more recent history.
They serve as anchors for our ceremonies and our moments of quiet remembrance.
There is a risk we will forget the sacrifice, as history fades and memories dim. Our monuments help us remember.