Sitting in a Cemetery

The oldest graveyard in Athens, Alabama, is a block from the courthouse and is known as Old City Cemetery.  Most of the graves are unreadable and many have been damaged over the years.

However, the grave of John Craig received a new marker recently.  He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, so his grave has been maintained over the years.

I was sitting in the cemetery looking at his grave and wondering about his life.  His world was filled with uncertainty.  The American Colonies were going to war with England (a world super-power at the time).

If the war was lost, he could be executed for treasonous acts.  If the war was won, his world would still be filled with upheaval and unknown circumstances.  He would be living in a brand new country that was trying to establish a government.

I wonder what he must have thought about his future possibilities.  Did he think about future generations and how much his actions would effect them?  Was he afraid of the unknown future?  Was he filled with feelings of invincibility and the optimism of youth?

John Craig was fighting for a country that was only a dream at the time.  He was willing to die, for the idea of a free and independent nation.

His willingness to fight and give his life, if necessary, is still honored today.

Nicholas “Nick” Davis was a Busy Man

Nick Davis was born 23 April 1781, in Virginia.  He was a busy man during his life and managed to wear a wide variety of hats.

  • He was a US Marshall.
  • He was a Captain in the War of 1812.
  • He owned several hundred acres of land in Limestone County, Alabama.
  • He raced horses.
  • He was admired by others as a country gentlemen.
  • He was one of the framers of Alabama’s first constitution.
  • He was president of the Alabama Senate.

Nick Davis died 29 September 1856 in Alabama.  A major road running through Limestone and Madison Country is named after him.  I can see why, Nick Davis had a lot going on and he was a busy man.

 

 

Peace Officer’s Memorial Day

Police officers put the badge on every morning, not knowing for sure if they’ll come home at night to take it off.  – Tom Cotton

To indiscriminately cast all law enforcement as enemies of our communities is to engage in an attempt to divide our nation by turning Americans against each other.  – Them Tillis

State and local law enforcement are the primary protectors of the health, safety, and welfare of the people in the individual states.  – Ron DeSantis

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.  – Joseph Campbell

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