Memorial Day at Pecan Grove Cemetery

While I was out there today I overheard someone complaining that this event wasn’t supposed to be advertised but the Dallas Morning News ran something on it anyway.  I hope that this doesn’t count as advertising but this really is a great event.  They can’t put on a memorial service this good each year and not expect the word to get out.     

I’d been meaning to get out to the cemetery for some time now to take some experiment with my camera.  I still haven’t learned how to set it manually and that would have really helped today with all of the clouds.    

Memorial Day at Pecan Grove Cemetery

Memorial Day at Pecan Grove Cemetery

 

I got there just as the color guard was arriving at the service.  The event is in the back of the Pecan Grove Memorial Cemetery where there is some wide open space with no headstones.  Entry was free and we were directed to park along the roads throughout the cemetery.    

The Color Guard Arriving

The Color Guard Arriving

 

There is some free seating available but each year the crowd is a little bigger and it’s wise to bring your own chairs for sitting.  Mayor Loughmiller spoke to the crowd and introduced Congressman Ralph Hall.  Congressman Sam Johnson usually also attends but was unable this time due to a family emergency.  Congressman Hall was a delightful speaker, paying homage to our veterans and even cracking a few jokes.     

Mayor Loughmiller Spoke To The Crowd

Mayor Loughmiller Spoke To The Crowd

 

After the speeches, we were treated with a flyover by a Stearman open cockpit WWII Trainer bi-plane flown by Ched Bart of the Perot Group.    

WWII Trainer Aircraft Flyover

WWII Trainer Aircraft Flyover

 

There were a lot of different types of uniforms, current and historic.  Pecan Grove Cemetery, by the way, is the resting place of soldiers from pretty much all of the wars and conflicts. According the program there are soldiers from the Texas Revolution, the Mexican War and the Civil War (193 Confederate, 18 Union) as well as from the more modern wars.     

Color Guard Leaving Grounds

Color Guard Leaving Grounds

 

Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus

 

Union and Confederate Soldiers

Union and Confederate Soldiers

 

After the speeches and pagentry, the Boy Scouts of America Troop 303 put on a community picnic barbeque.  The boy scouts were great throughout the whole service.  They and a number of adults passed out water to keep people hydrated.    

Boy Scout Troop Preparing for BBQ

Boy Scout Troop Preparing for BBQ

 

There were two tents serving lunch and plenty of people lined up at each.    

Lunch Line #1

Lunch Line #1

 

Lunch Line # 2

Lunch Line # 2

 

I have never understood about this great teepee that is always set up at the site of the service.  One day I am hoping to find out the story behind it.    

Teepee at Memorial Day Service

Teepee at Memorial Day Service

 

It was a great service and I am glad that I went.    

Pipe and Drum

Pipe and Drum

 

There will be another event on Veteran’s Day to dedicate a new building that has been completed to commemorate veterans.  It sounds like fun.     

There is a message in the program from the president of the Cemetery Board, Harry McKillop.  The cemetery is in urgent need of support, both financially and in the form of recurring maintenance assistance.  There are less than 30% of the total lot owners still living in the area to share interest and provide support so they are hoping to be able to find companies or groups willing to “adopt an acre”.     

Gravemarker from 1800's

Gravemarker from 1800's

 

To all those who have served or sacrificed …    

Thank you.    

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6 Responses to “Memorial Day at Pecan Grove Cemetery”

  1. Dennis Haberkern

    What kind/brand/model camera do you have?

    I’ve done a lot of shooting at Pecan Grove. Let me know next time you’re out there and I’ll be glad to help you with the manual settings.

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    • Beth

      I have a Nikon D3000. I checked out a book from the library and it has a lot of useful information but no specifics on how to change the settings – refers me to the user manual. Unfortunately, the user manual really only hits on their specialized settings and not how to adjust the ISO and aperture. Someone showed me how to change the aperture but there has got to be an easier way to adjust both the aperture and the ISO in the same place. There are things to adjust on the camera to change the aperture but, so far, it looks like I have to go through the guide screen to change the ISO. I need to dedicate some time just to change settings I guess but it would be great to not be guessing.

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  2. Dennis Haberkern

    Since I’m a Canon user I can’t really give you any suggestions on easier ways to change the settings. But, I rarely change my aperture. I shoot everything wide open unless I want to limit what’s out of focus, which I rarely do. I keep the camera on aperture priority and only adjust the ISO and white balance as needed, and try to keep the ISO as low as possible.

    Depending on what editing software you use, my only other suggestion would be to shoot everything in RAW. That way, if your exposure is a little bit off it’s real easy to bring it back.

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