May 29, 2011

If these hills could talk

What looked like any other hill at first
Turned out to be more than just a shortcut.

This shortcut took me to the round table below

Turned out to be a Rosetta Stone instead:

A compass at its crest pointed – with arrows – in the direction of various points of interest along a 360° view of the rolling horizon.

One such arrow pointed to the Henri-ChapelleAmerican Cemetery and Memorial to which – the previous year – I had biked.

Talk about an uphill pedal for the ages!

I inched up a mountainous road in first gear (I would have gone lower if I could) for what seemed like a good half hour straight, but well worth the delayed gratification too:

The monument was magnificent and the return home 100 percent downhill. (Although at one point I got lost and at another I sought refuge in a torrent of rain under the cover of a railroad bridge.)

Views of the Henri-ChapelleAmerican Cemetery and Memorial
where the Battle of the Bulge was fought
Thus, a year later (in July 2010) – from the vantage of that compass – I was not surprised to see it perched on the sweeping horizon’s most cloud-bound arc.

The memorial is on the distant hillside right above the table on the right
This, of course, is not the Everglades I am talking about
(despite Florida’s State Seal being on the monument in prominent display),

But rather Belgium.

Or to be more precise –

The hills where the “Battle of the Bulge” was fought.

Click on image to see Florida's state seal

Happy Memorial Day


Caroline said...

Fitting for Memorial Day, and such a lovely place during Peacetime. My dad was in the Battle of the Bulge, captured and held prisoner of war in Belgium in 1945. Thank you for giving me a view. He is a Silver Star decorated veteran and modest, but proud of his service. Still actively participating in Memorial Day and Veteran's Day events at age 87.

Janie said...

This post is perfect for Memorial Day. I lost an uncle in the Battle of the Bulge. He may well be buried in that cemetery.

Ciss B said...

Such wonderful pictures tanned a fitting reminder to us as to why we celebrate - not simply for the beginning of summer, but to honor those who have served and died for all of us.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

It's such a scenic spot, all the more so with the history behind it. It has a stuck in time sort of feel, as if it hasn't changed much if at all in many ways.