We remember... and give thanks to all our service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice...
known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a holiday in which the American people
have set aside to remember the men and women who died while serving in the
United States Armed Forces.
When did it begin?
In an effort to commemorate the soldiers who
gave their lives during the Civil War, both Union and Confederate, this holiday
was officially born on May 5, 1868 and first observed on May 30th of that same
year. On that day, flowers were placed on each Union and Confederate grave at
Arlington National Cemetery, by order of General John A. Logan. Today, we honor
all the brave men and women who have fallen, while engaged in military service.
most Americans, I have a deep respect and appreciation for all those who serve
and have served this country. For those who gave their all in order to make and
keep this nation free, and provide us with the liberties we have, I give you my
who follow my blogs know that many of my ancestors have fought and died while
in the service of the United States from her earliest beginnings and forward. As
I've collected their histories and documentation of military service, I've
wondered over their lives and the families they left behind. They are the
reason I chose to use both a Civil War and Revolutionary War soldier as my
heroes in "Spirit of the Rebellion" and "Spirit of theRevolution." In my own way, it's my
personal nod to my grandfathers, uncles and cousins who fought in some of
America's bloodiest campaigns.
you can imagine, it thrilled me no end when Wild Rose Press chose to release
"Spirit of the Revolution," during the week we celebrate our men in
arms. So, to my ancestors who participated in the Revolutionary War...not limited
to but including the following ancestral grandfathers:
|"The March to Valley Forge", by William Trego, 1883|
Civil War Ancestors:
. William Confer - Killed at the battle of Chickamauga
. David K Newhouase - Killed at the battle of Stones River
. John A Robison -
. Daniel Confer
. Peter Confer
. Samuel Confer
. Hiram Robison
. David A Robison
World War II Ancestos:
. William Buskrik
. Robert Buskirk
. A.F. Henriksen
. R.L. Henrksen
. Dwight Peterson
. Vernon Peterson
Viet Nam War:
. Michael Ray Mastain
You've made me proud and I salute you!
Today, people celebrate Memorial Day as a day to honor our fallen veterans. The day is celebrated in a variety of ways. Our family has been known to have huge family gatherings, with picnics or barbeques in the mountains or canyons. And of course, for those who live in the vicinity, family graves are lovingly decorated...
What are your Memorial Day Family traditions?