|Bossanyi's War and Peace Window|
Washington National Cathedral
7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.
Ecclesiastes 12:6-8 King James Version
You might gather that I'm feeling a bit melancholy today. Perhaps wistful is a better descriptor, I'm not sure.
Thinking back to our visit to the National Cathedral, I am haunted by the beauty that is in that place. Both physically and spiritually.
As you can see, the sun was shining brightly when I took that opening photo. At first I wanted to adjust the exposure, perhaps the colors were too bright, in the end I left it as it was. That's how I remember that particular window, not far from the tomb of President Woodrow Wilson. I did pay my respects to the President's memory. I may not have agreed with his politics but from all accounts he was a good man.
Also in the National Cathedral is the final resting place of an aviator, Norman Prince, one of the founders of the Lafayette Escadrille.
|Statue of Norman Prince|
Norman Prince (1887-1916) was a leading founder of France's Lafayette Escadrille with Bill Thaw, Elliott C. Cowdin, Frazier Curtis, and Greeley S. Curtis, Jr.I knew of Sous Lieutenant Prince from a number of books I read as a kid. I was not expecting to find that he was interred in the National Cathedral. It was an honor to have been able to stand by this man's final resting place and pay my respects.
Captain Georges Thenault, the Escadrille's commander, credits Norman for conceiving the idea of bringing together his countrymen with some of those of the French Foreign Legion in a squadron of flyers to be initially known as the Escadrille Américaine. Elliott C. Cowdin, in an article which he published in the Harvard Alumni Bulletin (March 7, 1918) gave the full credit for the formation of this flying corps and for its incorporation in the French flying service to the energy and persistence of Norman Prince.
As an aviator, serving as a sergeant in the French air service, Norman Prince was involved in 122 aerial combat engagements in which he was officially credited with five victories. He was also thought to have brought down four additional hostile planes which were not confirmed.
Prince was awarded the French Legion of Honor, Medaille Militare and Croix de Guerre.
On October 12, 1916 Prince flew as an escort for a bombing raid on the Mauser rifle works at Oberndorf, Germany during which he shot down an enemy plane. Returning to base, his landing wheels hit telegraph cables near his air base and his plane flipped over and crashed.
Prince was severely injured and died on October 15, 1916. On his death bed he was promoted to sous lieutenant and awarded the Legion of Honor. His body was returned to the United States and buried in an elaborate tomb at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. (W)
|Norman PrincePhoto is in the Public Domain|