Today is Veteran's day and for me it deserves a little more than a 140 character remark on Twitter or a few sentences on Facebook. We as Americans owe our Veterans. They have protected us, they have fought for us and more importantly they have sacrificed themselves in various ways for our country.
Those of you that know me, know I've been researching my family tree, in conjunction with other members of the family who are all working on different branches. What has struck me more than anything is the number of people in my family that not only served their country, but fought in wars. I have family in Germany that fought in the Napoleonic wars, and then served as border guards in what is now Serbia, before they emigrated to the US. Just last night I was reading the Revolutionary War Pension files for two of my relatives and found that all four of the brothers in that family fought in the Revolutionary War - one under George Washington's command according to the writing. My great-great-great grandfather fought in the Seminole War. I know of 4 that fought in the Civil War. I can't even begin to give you the numbers for WWI and WWII, but one of the cousins was killed in action in Saipan. My uncle fought in Vietnam. My dad, was overseas as a Medic in the Army, thankfully not in any combat. He spent 2 years active duty and 4 years in the Reserves.
I find when I walk through a cemetery and I always bend down and clean the headstone of a veteran. Yesterday while walking through my favorite cemetery I stopped by the War of 1812 veteran to show my respect. I found a gentleman who fought in the 14th Illinois Infantry during the Civil War who hadn't been listed in the databases so I placed him up online. Maybe someone in his family will find out where he's buried now.
It shouldn't take a holiday to remind you that our veterans are special, remember them year around.