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I’ve been waiting for a perfectly overcast day to visit and photograph Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Tomorrow, I’ll share pictures from that effort, but today, I wanted to introduce you to the man I first met when I arrived at Fort Rosecrans.

Albert Ragoschke has been a cemetery representative at Fort Rosecrans for about four months and said he’s worked at other national cemeteries for 22 years. Occasionally, Ragoschke stops traffic so that cars can cross the road for services in the cemetery — hence the sign.

We stopped and chatted about Fort Rosecrans and he let me take his picture. It was clear by the way he spoke about the place that he was passionate about his work.

“This is the most beautiful cemetery in the nation,” he told me. “This is like heaven.”

— SAM HODGSON

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