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.

4 comments:

  1. Very cool! Thank you for that post. I needed to see something today that was a true honor to those who have given us so much.

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  2. Thanks for the reminder :)

    How interesting that Civil War soldiers are intered there...

    We were visiting the National Cemetery here in our town and were amazed to se at the memorial for Medal of Honor recepients the long list of soldiers from that war...

    Happy Memorial Day!

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  3. Hi Valerie! I love the post! It is something special! It is moving, as know our family misses our own members, I know that they are heroes! And posts likee this make me happy to know others appreciate the sacrifice! God Bless you!!! Beautiful pictures!

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  4. The flags by the side of the road are beautiful.It's fascinating that you have headstones that date back that much. In the little cemetery near where I live they don't go back that far.
    I hope you had a wonderful Holiday with your family!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Your kind words are appreciated! As Mother Teresa said, "Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love."

Valerie