|Golden Gate National Cemetary, Memorial Day 2015|
Traditionally, graves of Union soldiers were decorated with flowers. The Confederate soldiers were commemorated similarly, but on a separate day. By the 20th Century, the competing days merged into the one we now know, the last Monday of May, the beginning of summer.
Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in other countries in Europe) commemorates the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month when the guns went silent at the end of World War I. This holiday evolved from this WWI connection to honor the service of all veterans of the U.S. Armed forces. Memorial Day honors the military personnel who died while serving our country.
|Drought-affected GGNC, Memorial Day 2015|
Along with many of my fellow Americans, I visited the graves of members of my family who served in the U.S. Army during World Wars I and II, and the Vietnam War. To my knowledge, no one in my family died in combat, despite a long history of service in the Armed Forces.
Since the 1950s, the Golden Gate National Cemetery has been the resting place of uncles, aunts, my parents and siblings. My father and uncle, both U.S. Army officers, are buried with their wives. My sister-in-law passed away a year before my brother and they were interred together in my parent's grave.
These vast rows of white tombstones and flags are, at once, a majestic and a sorrowful sight.
This post is in Memory of
- Moses F Verrill, Infantryman, US Army, 20th Maine, War Between the States
- Hiram W Verrill, PFC, US Army, WWI
- Thomas A Verrill, Sr. Captain, US Army, WWII
- Charles A. Adams, Sargent, US Army, WWII
- Owen K Nichols, US Navy, Korean War
- Thomas A Verrill, Jr. 1st Lt, US Army, Vietnam War
- Maxine M Dillahunty nee Verrill, 1st Lt, US Army, Korean War,
- William D. Dillahunty, Airman 2nd Cl, US Air Force, Korean War