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President Harry S Truman is quoted as saying,

I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona. It says: “Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest.” I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have. When he gives everything that is in him to do the job he has before him. That is all you can ask of him and that is what I have tried to do.

As far as I’m aware, this grave has never been found.  One day I’ll make it out to Tombstone to search for it myself!

Whether it actually exists or not isn’t exactly the point.  The point is that cemeteries are not morbid, gruesome places.  They are so beautiful, so peaceful.  Through this blog, I hope to spread my appreciation.

I am from just outside of Washington, DC, in Virginia.  My “home base” is the Historic Congressional Cemetery in Washington.  It’s where I’ve spent the most time exploring, but whenever I travel, I try to make time to visit one of the local graveyards.

This blog is a place to record all the beautiful (or just plain weird) stones I’ve seen, as well as to make note of some of the stories I’ve heard along the way.  I’m interested in historical figures from any time period, celebrities, and ordinary people who had extraordinary deaths.

Know something I don’t?  Want to share your cemetery with me?  Contact me at hedonehisdamnedest@gmail.com!

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