Hey everybody, it is Sunday afternoon. A good friend of ours was here from Texas this week. We visited Ellis Island yesterday, in addition to a number of other things over the course of the week. I took copious notes and photographs and intend to post them in the coming days. She went back this morning, and now we are getting ready for another busy work week. A little while ago I went to Green-Wood Cemetery for a quick walk before the gates closed. While there I took a few snaps on my cell phone.
A few families had come this weekend to visit family members in observance of St. Patrick’s Day. Such observances are not uncommon and are a reminder that Green-Wood is very much a “living” cemetery. Seeing such things always touches me.
Yesterday I posted a photograph of the headstone placed in memory of Thomas Francis Meagher. The “In Memory” was because the leader of the Irish Brigade is not interred at Green-Wood, though his family is. The general’s remains were lost when he fell off a boat and drowned in 1867. Today I happened up General Thomas William Sweeny. Sweeny was born in Cork, Ireland in 1820 and fought in the Mexican-American and Civil Wars. Note the American and Irish flags.
In the old days visitors to Green-Wood tethered their horses to these posts when visiting their loved ones. Objects like these are tangible manifestations of the past and always make me feel closer to the people who came before us.
The calendar says there are two days left in winter, but as you can see spring has arrived in New York City.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.