I'm on a trip through the Deep South this week. First stop on Sunday was Fredericksberg, Va. Very appropriate considering it was Memorial Day weekend. The cemetery at Fredericksberg was truly a moving experience. There were over 15,000 casualties. On the site today, thousands of the gravestones are unmarked. Small American flags drape the entire battlefield. The infamous "sunken wall" remains today. This is where over 3,000 confederate troops held the 600 yard stone wall as Union soldiers approached to do battle. I would strongly recommend anyone visiting near this historic site check it out.
There was some good news. Unlike last year, Pres. Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and then went on to play his 70th round of golf since he became president. At least, he's learning what his priorities should be.
Casualties in Afghanistan for American troops reached 1500 this week. Thought I'd report it too since many news outlets fail to do so lately (when Bush was president, the media could not wait to report these "milestones." In fact, some networks actually had "countdowns.")
Speaking of cemeteries and American war dead, did you know that we have 24 permanent American burial grounds on foreign soil with over 124,000 U.S. war dead interred at these cemeteries? France has seven, Belgium three, England two, Italy two and we even have over 1500 war graves in Mexico. These deaths are a reminder to all the world how many Americans died to liberate others. And to paraphrase Gen. Colin Powell, all we ever ask of these countries is just a small plot of land to bury our war dead.
On our way to Savannah tomorrow. Getting 'er done!