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So many are asking about the bio picture I'm using, it's from a poem written by Monte Leon Manka titled The Shadow on the Wall.
I enjoy working with Find A Grave and I especially enjoy adding photos to memorials so that family members can visit their family member's grave at anytime.
I do not have a problem if you would like to use one of my photo's providing a note of credit is given.
Please REMEMBER I do this in my FREE time out of respect for the families. If mistakes are made, BE KIND and remember this isn't a paying JOB.
We are here to help each other, and it would give me honor to know I have helped one. Thank you for caring about the family I also care about so deeply.
FYI: For our Veterans Graves
While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave.
These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America's military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin.
A coin left on a tombstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier's family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect.
Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited.
A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together.
A dime means you served with him in some capacity.
By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the solider when he was killed.
According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected, and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for indigent veterans.
In the United States, this practice became common during the Vietnam war, due to the political divide in the country over the war; leaving a coin was seen as a more practical way to communicate that you had visited the grave than contacting the soldier's family, which could devolve into an uncomfortable argument over politics relating to the war.
Some Vietnam veterans would leave coins as a down payment to buy their fallen comrades a beer or play a hand of cards when they would finally be reunited.
The tradition of leaving coins on the headstones of military men and women can be traced to as far back as the Roman Empire.
Symbols for the Folds of the Flag
The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
The fourth fold represents our weaker nature; as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace, as well as in times of war, for His divine guidance.
The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.
The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through the armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.
The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
The 10th fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born.
The 11th fold in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The 12th fold in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost.
When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, In God We Trust.
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|Kim S||Herman Kreitzer|
Thanks so much for making the trip to Dayton Memorial Park to take a photo of my great grand uncle Herman F. Kreitzer. Find A Grave Memorial# 135896086
I`m not sure why he has a unmarked grave. I went to Memorial Park web site and that was the info they gave me. I will have to call them and ask some questions. I can`t imagine Herman not having anything being that he was in WW1.
But thanks so much for your time.
Added by Kim S on Sep 15, 2014 6:55 PM
|Carol Conner Donovan||Photo of Tombstone for Frank & Anna Conner|
Dave, thx ever so much for that fantastic photo of their tombstone. I have only been searching for 3 wks on Find A Grave. Was just getting ready to forget it and load all I had up onto ancestry, when I thought I would take another shot at it. I don't know how I missed it. If that's not it, then you sure were QUICK. I just love Find A Grave. When I return to OH, I intend to contribute lots. As it is I am in Seattle, and my family never made it this far west. So I have to rely on the graciousness of other like you. Again I am most grateful. Carol Conner-Donovan
|Becky||RE: Josephine Moses|
Thanks Dave for checking. That does help. I put in edits for her the other day. It looks like they haven't had a chance yet to approve it. I know what it is like to get busy and forget to check for edits. You have been such a great help to me. I cannot express enough how much I appreciate all you do for Find A Grave and for myself.
Maybe someday I can return the favor and do some photo requests for you. I hope so. I always like to return the kindness that was given to me.
Added by Becky on Sep 11, 2014 9:17 PM
|Becky||RE: Josephine Moses|
Josephine's maiden name was Black. Her parents were Harley and Martha Black. Do you remember if that was the names on the other side of the gravestone? I think there are photos of their gravestone on Find A Grave. I appreciate you letting me know. That was so kind of you. See...you are the best!
I am trying to help someone that is doing genealogy research on the Moses family in Germantown. Josephine was married to a John H. Moses. And if the information that I have is correct, she was married to the John H. interred at the Germantown Cemetery.
Thank you again Dave. I appreciate you help. You do such great work.
Added by Becky on Sep 11, 2014 9:04 PM
|Donna D. McGinty||RE: Hook family|
Dave, wow thank you - thank you - you pulled the family together - great job.
Thank you for taking a photo of Josephine's gravestone. I appreciate it so much. You are the best!!
Added by Becky on Sep 11, 2014 4:26 PM
|Donna D. McGinty||Margaret P. Hook|
Thanks a million for the great picture - greatly appreciated!
|ronald conrad||Miriam Keithley|
Thank you for the headstone Photo of Miriam and also for making a memorial for Robert, Thought he might be there but was not sure. But photo of headstone answered that question. Have a great day.
|John Hardester||Leo Shaffer's headstone|
Thank you Dave for taking this photo for me. I really appreciate it!
|Joan Dengel||RE: Cynthia Noirot|
who she was married to, and her parents - if you know. There are a lot of Noirot family members on my tree and was interested. Joan Strausbaugh Dengel
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