Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery is quiet now. With the Pacific Ocean cut from view by the rolling fog, it’s hard to imagine even the sounds of the waves crashing against Point Loma’s cliffs.

And although there are other visitors here, it’s hard not to feel alone as I roam the grounds of the cemetery.

The tombstones line up ad infinitum, here, as if standing to order for eternity.

A soldier salutes a memorial service for a World War II and Korean War veteran, Doyle Kennedy. When I ask his daughter, Annette Doyle, if she has any words to say about her father, she shakes her head:

“Just, he loved his country.”


Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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