Monday, November 23, 2009
I've been fascinated by roadside crosses for years. These two are near an athletic field outside Sylva. The more elaborate one is immediately across the road near the railroad tracks. I think what fascinates me the most is the reason for erecting the marker. Obviously, both of these two victims have been buried or cremated and their remains reside in a cemetery. In effect, the dead have two memorials and both are carefully maintained. I often see evidence of this: fresh flowers, often planted and the roadside site is lovingly cared for. Why? I think in the minds of the friends and relatives, this spot has significance because the victim's death occurred on this spot.
There are probably 15 to 20 of these markers within ten miles of my home.