Rural Cemeteries of Southwest Ohio series, Gallery #7, New Burlington Cemetery, Jenkins Graveyard, Chester Township, Ohio. This was, by far, the largest of the rural cemeteries that I photographed for this series. It was perhaps the most recent and well kept of the lot as well. That being said, what made this one stick out for me was the diversity of the grave markers. The most imposing was the more recent black granite veterans memorial marker that immediately drew one's attention as it sat prominently near the entrance. Contemporary stones (which tend not to draw the focus of my camera) were scattered about and many were adjacent to older, well-weathered, lichen-covered stones that have stood the test of time still honoring loved ones who had long since passed. The markers that I've found draw most of my attention are those that are so old and worn that they remain as only a portion of their original size or that stand crooked and tilted within a row that likely long ago was straight and erect. And there are the stones which mark the lives of those who have been gone well over a century and yet continue to be remembered for their brave service to their country. Perhaps the long-lasting simple tributes of remembrance are some of the things which make cemeteries so special to me.
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