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Posted on 2007.04.16 at 22:00


ehowton at 2007-07-13 01:19 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Experience part I

I understand exactly what you mean. My most recent experience with what you described was at the Oklahoma Bombing Memorial. I knew there had been a bombing - I was unaffected. I knew they'd erected a memorial - I was unaffected. But when I stood there, in the midst of it, years later; I was overcome with emotion that to this day I cannot describe.
leonardii at 2007-07-13 04:04 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Experience part I

Yes, yes! That's it exactly!

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of history. Civil War history is especially one of my most favorite interests. I have read volumes regarding the subject.

However - I actually saw the area where one of the battles took place (not Gettysburg, but close by), I gazed across the field that once held thousands of men killing each other and the blood was so deep that the once dry field became as deep and wet as a marsh.

I finally found myself on a part of history, a piece of historical land that was as sacred and hallowed as any basilica.

And even though there were no monuments to see, no headstones, no memorials of any kind - I was still just standing in complete awe and felt deep respect for the now quiet field.

In the Civil War alone, more Americans died than all those who have given their lives in all of our other wars combined.

Like you - just being in such a place, I cannot truly describe my feelings with enough words in the right places to justify my own senses.
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