My usual place to begin for the weekly photo challenges is the good old dictionary. When I looked up the word ‘monument’ I found that the word has its origins in Middle English, meaning ‘a burial place’: via French from Latin monumentum, frommonere ‘remind.’
Most cementerios in rural Panama are along the main road at the entrances to the towns. Going against the norm, our Campo del Reposo (Field of Rest) is just a few streets over from where we live, inside the town proper. The last time SU and I took a walk around the grounds it wasn’t looking very pretty. Today when we rode our bikes over we were pleasantly surprised to see that the gate and the surrounding walls had a fresh coat of paint and everything was neat and tidy.
Our local cemetery is still not an expanse of lush green trees and manicured grounds but it is the final resting place for the rich and poor alike in our little town in the campo.
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