Monday, May 25, 2009
Remembering Those Who Served
Today, on Memorial Day, I took a stroll through our town cemetery to honor those who served to protect our country and our freedoms. Every year, the VFW proudly displays American flags along the 1-mile stretch between the VFW post and the cemetery. Part of that stretch happens to be the little side road you take to get to our subdivision. The cemetery is across the street from the subdivision entrance and it is hard to miss the beautiful display of Old Glory. It is a very moving tribute to our veterans, and today was no exception.
Many of the veteran markers are very old, dating back to the Civil War. In addition to American flags, these graves are also marked with GAR plaques. According to Wikipedia, The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army who had served in the American Civil War. The GAR was among the first organized interest groups in American politics. It was succeeded by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW).
Thank you to all veterans, past and present, who have served our country to protect our freedom.
American flags line both sides of the street all the way to the cemetery entrance.
This veteran's marker is so weathered it is no longer possible to read the inscription.
Who were these young men, these pioneers, that so valiantly fought to save our Union? Where did they originally come from? Who, if any, are their descendants? Much thanks goes to our local VFW Post for not letting these soldiers and their families' sacrifices not be forgotten.