We did what your typical family does over Memorial Day weekend: visited a cemetery.
Ok, I realize a lot of families do this.
We needed to get out of Columbus, so we made the long haul up to Atlanta and checked out historic Oakland Cemetery.
The cemetery opened in 1850 and is the oldest one in Atlanta.
Many notable Georgia residents have been interred there, including former politicians, Bobby Jones, and Margaret Mitchell.
There were many confederate soldiers as well. We all enjoyed looking at the monuments and the wild names that people used to have (Guliford?) Also, we learned that Ida and Fanny were super popular in the late 1800's/early 1900's.
Even though the soldiers here fought for the Confederacy, it was still heartbreaking to see how young they were. These boys were sons, fathers, husbands. Many of them had no idea what they were fighting for and had little choice but to fight.
I am thankful for our ability now to choose what we want to stand for. These graves were a sad reminder of that cost.