Memorial Day

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Westwood, Los Angeles is home to two very famous cemeteries – the Westwood Village Memorial Park, where Marilyn Monroe, Roy Orbison, and other names that have faded from marquee lights rest, and the Los Angeles National Cemetery, where, as Theodore O’Hara wrote in “The Bivouac of the Dead” war’s most expensive spoil – the ashes of the young and the brave find their fitter grave. During the four years we lived there, I used to go through long walks through both — watching the slabs of stone spring up and multiply in the latter. One way to measure the weight of war is to watch a cemetery grow.

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