STORIES ALONG THE WAY—War and Stonehedge

A day late, but still a strong message..

The division between Washington’s arid east and temperate west is dramatic. The almost desert like terrain with vast distances between buildings is extreme after traveling mile after mile through tall fir trees, water and small and large buildings close to each other.

We passed a sign that said “Sam Hill country”. It definitely had a western cowboy ring to it. Down the road a sign noted the distance to “Stonehedge.” Our curiosity was aroused. How did an English landmark appear in the vast arid country of eastern Washington?

Alert for further information, a sign appeared and we took a right turn off the highway, down a road and stopped outside a stone and rock building/sculpture. It seems that Sam Hill owned many, many acres and was a Quaker Pacifist. He went to England during WWI and saw Stonehedge when it was still considered a sacrificial site as well as the carnage of the War. Stonehedge is now recognized as a complicated weather system, not for human sacrifice as originally thought. Hill returned to Washington determined to build a memorial with the names of each of the men who lost their lives during the war from that county. “After all our civilization, the flower of our humanity is still being sacrificed to the Gods of war on the field of battle. “

It was a sobering experience. Along this trip, we see the work of people who are dedicated to their mission and over come seemingly insurmountable barriers. The human spirit rises.

STORIES ALONG THE WAY—War and Stonehedge

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