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City Limits Tattoo & Piercing Llc
(804) 504-0600
119 Boulevard
Colonial Heights, VA
 
Phat Katz Tattoo Studio
(804) 524-0112
2229 Blvd
Colonial Heights, VA
 
Phat Katz Tattoo Studio
(804) 524-0112
2229 Blvd
Colonial Heights, VA
 
Connell's Professional Tattooing Inc
(804) 526-8286
628 Blvd
Colonial Heights, VA
 
Connell's Professional Tattooing Inc
(804) 520-5716
4914 Hickory Rd
Petersburg, VA
 
Mystic Art Tattoo
(804) 524-2290
632 Boulevard
Colonial Heights, VA
 
Connelly Tattoo
(804) 526-8286
215 Boulevard
Colonial Heights, VA
 
Usa Tattoo Studio
(804) 504-8000
83 Sherwood Dr
Colonial Heights, VA
 
Mystic Art Tattoo
(804) 524-2290
632 Boulevard
Colonial Heights, VA
 
Tantrum Tattoos
(804) 863-0200
235a Bartow Aly
Petersburg, VA
 

Battlefield Cross tattoos

Battlefield Cross Tattoos - A battlefield cross is a makeshift memorial to a fallen or missing soldier. Built from the soldier's inverted rifle, bayonet, boots and helmet, it's not exactly a cross. Nor is it meant to mark an actual grave, since casualties are usually transported home for burial. On or close to the spot where the soldier died in action, the instant sculpture honours their ultimate sacrifice, and provides comrades with an immediate ritual by which they can begin to make sense of their loss.

As an American military tattoo, the battlefield cross motif has, for many, become a permanent memorial to loss and mourning. Also known as the 'soldier's cross' or the 'fallen soldier's cross', it has become a much more dramatic icon of loss than an image of a flag-draped coffin. Which is just as well, since the Pentagon has a media ban on photographing the arrival of coffins containing a soldier's remains.

Battlefield crossThe traditional battlefield cross is comprised of a rifle pointing downward, sometimes with the bayonet stuck in the earth, signifying that the battle (for him) is over. On the rifle's stock hangs the helmet, and perhaps the dog tags, while his upright boots form the base of this powerful memorial. We also see versions with the rifle nose-down in a heap of sandbags or mound of earth, reminiscent of Christ's cross on Calvary.

Although the elements and design of the battlefield cross presents little mystery, the origins may go all the way back to the American Civil War. It was during this time that the remains of fallen soldiers were repatriated for the first time. Bodies on the battlefield had first to be marked, and what better manner than by driving the muzzle of the soldier's gun into the earth, capped by the helmet. In subsequent military campaigns, the paying of respects to a fallen comrade at his 'cross' approximates a military honour, unofficial though it may be. Military brass came to encourage these battlefield memori...

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