The community of Sharpsburg, MD commemorates the 20,000+ casualties of the Battle of Antietam, the single bloodiest day on US soil, on the first weekend of December with candlelight. 

This is but ONE TINY SECTION of the whole field, which was immense and eerie and incredibly moving.  So much peaceful light in a place where so much blood soaked into the ground.  

Time marches on, and we are but tiny cogs in a greater machine.  It was nice to step back and see those who played a bigger role in the machine and gave their lives for what they believed to be the greater good.  Happy holiday season, all.