I am a hydrologist professionally, and I often label myself as a “Florida” hydrologist, but first and foremost I am a citizen of the United States of America. It being Veteran’s Day, I would like to pay my tribute to the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives to serve our country. .
I often say that the water cycle is something that binds us as a community, in the shared space that we call our watershed, but I see with new eyes this year, with it being the world-wide commemoration of the 90th Anniversary of the war meant to “end all wars” — World War I — that the world is reflecting together on this day.
I had the privilege of visiting Belgium earlier this summer, and the even greater privilege of spending some time at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial. It is a WWII memorial that marks a pivotal spot in the “Battle of the Bulge,” largely played out on the rolling countryside of eastern Begium. The memorial is only 57 acres, but it seems much bigger as it is located on the top of a hill with a breathtaking view of the valley below.
You can see more photos and a more detailed description of the memorial at my original post, back in July.