The Hidden Stories of America
By Grace Morse-Brumagin on September 29, 2014
Richmond National Cemetery in Henrico County, Virginia sits three miles southeast of Richmond. Established in 1866, the cemetery has approximately 9,300 burials, the majority of which are unknown soldiers. Walking among the graves, I saw names of Union soldiers who died in the Civil War, soldiers who fought in World War I, World War II, as well as in Korea. This place is truly a place of rest for generations of men who served our country. Row after meticulous row, their remains lay peacefully. But hardly anyone knows of this place. I spoke with many colleagues to tell them I was going here to visit the graves and take photos, and they were puzzled and asked “Where?” “Richmond has a National cemetery?” “It’s on that road? Really??” This place is a hidden treasure, indeed. These comments made me think that we should always be mindful of things we pass by every day and fail to notice. Of roads we travel but don’t really see. Of people we interact with but don’t really know. Ask someone their story. Everyone’s got one. They probably will be happy to share it, and who knows, you might be impacted by it too. The men buried here all had a story to share, too – their story is now the story of America. I’m glad I stopped by for a visit.