Sunday, May 15, 2011

#176: Los Angeles National Cemetery

You've driven past it on your way to and from Westwood, but have you ever walked around the Los Angeles National Cemetery? The somber rows of identical tombstones lined up perfectly as far as the eye can see is a sight you will never forget.

Veterans from the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean War are interred here. Also included among the headstones are over one hundred Buffalo Soldiers and two war dogs with their handlers. Walking around, you are struck by the sheer number of people who fought and died for the freedom that we now enjoy.

My friend Mike and I were the only visitors walking around this vast cemetery on a Friday afternoon, making for a quiet and reflective walk. I think that it would be amazing to return on Memorial Day when the cemetery is filled with thousands of people honoring the dead.

Directions: The cemetery is on 950 South Sepulveda Blvd. Going north on Sepulveda Blvd, the entrance is on your right shortly after passing Wilshire Blvd. Parking is free.

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