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May 30, 2011

119 Memorial Days: Still Seeking Civil War Veteran’s Gravesite

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119 MEMORIAL DAYS:

STILL SEEKING CIVIL WAR VETERAN ‘S GRAVE SITE

     May 30, 2011. Another Memorial Day.  Actually, the 143rd Memorial Day since the commemoration for Civil War veterans began as Decoration Day in 1868.

On May 5.1868, General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic declared in General Order No. 11 that: The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

That May 30th, flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery to honor the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers.

The commemoration’s purpose began to change when, after World War I, observances began to honor all those who sacrificed their lives in the service of their countrys’ wars.  In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be celebrated the last Monday in May.

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     One-hundred forty-three years later, two questions persist:

May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Readings on Military Men

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MEMORIAL DAY

Charles F. Walker: Lamoine, ME

Today is Memorial Day, a day when a flag is placed on the gravesite of an “unidentified Civil War Veteran” in the East Lamoine Cemetery in East Lamoine, Maine.

Simultaneously, this very small community has a Civil War Veteran whose gravesite cannot be located.

Could the two be a match? The story of Charles F. Walker can be read at:

RIGHTING A CIVIL WAR WRONG: A Gravestone for a Civil War Veteran

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Navy Chief Photographer Robert Cornell, for whom the military was (more…)

November 16, 2009

RIGHTING A CIVIL WAR WRONG: A Gravestone for a Civil War Veteran

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  RIGHTING A CIVIL WAR WRONG

A Gravestone for a Civil War Veteran

      I want to make the national news headlines.

At risk of plagiarism, the headline could read: Civil War soldier gets grave marker. Union captain’s burial site went unmarked for more than 140 years.*

Let me elaborate.

My great-great grandfather, Charles F. Walker, served in Company A, 8th Regiment of Kansas Infantry, Leavenworth, Kansas. He enlisted August 28, 1861. He was discharged on July 11, 1864, at Ft. Leavenworth by reason of Surgeons Certificate of Disability.

Said Charles F. Walker was born in Penobscot in the State of Maine, is 25 years of age…by occupation when enrolled, a Umbrella Maker. On a surviving soldiers list it is noted that he was from Lamoine Beach, a Private with (more…)

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