Known Only to God
On Explore/Flickr Top 500, Oct. 22, 2008
Walking through this cemetery makes me recall those days when I strolled down Arlington Cemetery a couple of times. So clean, so neat. And the sight of the unknown tombs. No soldiers this time. There were a few birds chirping in the morning breeze (one of them visible here). It was quiet, like in most places where I grew up. A few years back I strolled down arlington cemetery with the same feeling, until I reached the Iwo Jima memorial, and there were a few words on its base — all the battles that the US marines have endured — one of them, to my dismay was "Philippine Insurrection". I was guessing, that was the Filipino American War, but hey, that was our country, why were we called the insurgents. Looking back to my history, ah, it was Spain. They sold us in the treaty of Paris, because at that time, the Philippines wasn’t a sovereign country yet. Ah, so that’s why.
Funny, how things, sometimes can be more understood by softly thinking a little deeper. Like these epitaphs and tombstones, they are all marked with crosses. Are they all Christians? Which Christian. Reminds me of the many religious groups in the world today, and how many of them really looked stupid by fighting out which religion is the true religion. Fact of the matter is, we may never know. Maybe not in our lifetime. So to all those zealots out there who think only your group will be saved, be quiet. All I can say is, be at Peace with your God, whatever you think Him to be. And be at peace with your beliefs.
Clark Field, Angleles City
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