You have my expressed permission to use any of my photos (or the following commentary):
Who would hold hostage - under the fictive pretense of copyright - the photo of a grave stone? _________________________________________________
I have not changed my opinion on copyright, but for those of you who feel strongly about protecting your copyright...
Have you noticed that Ancestry is posting ALL of your copyright-protected photos on their profit-driven website?
Why isn't that a violation of your copyright? _________________________________________________
The only valuable grave stone photo: Jimmy Hoffa _________________________________________________
FINDAGRAVE PEEVES - MEMBERS WHO:
• Submit a suggestion that ONLY requests that I add or remove a period after a middle initial.
• Create a memorial for a living person.
• Hide their email address and turn off messages - then argue about updates.
• Would rather cut off a finger than delete a duplicate memorial.
• Request a photo, when the memorial clearly states "NO HEADSTONE".
• Post 1 photo, which shows only 1/3 of the headstone.
• Don't understand the historical context of "maiden name".
• Think that copyright law requires you to post a blood-curdling threat against would-be violators.
• Create 175,000 memorials and then complain about "impatient" suggesters.
• Suggest a correction by creating a "correct" duplicate memorial. _________________________________________________
"HOME CEMETERY" CENTRAL WISCONSIN VETERANS MEMORIAL CEMETERY King, Wisconsin
As of Oct 2015, I have photographed every visible headstone in this cemetery - all have been posted.
That's over 6,700 headstones.
With that many photographs, they can't all be "great".
If you would like me to take a more thoughtful photograph - better lighting, background, grass trimmed away, etc - feel free to ask.
I have researched every headstone up to and including Word War I. I have published two books, which list all of these burials and include selected biographical sketches and cross-reference lists:
The Muffled Drum (Civil War) 2013
The Ghostly Bugles (Indian Wars thru WWI) 2014
The Third Volley (WWII to 2013) Scheduled for 2016 _________________________________________________
MILITARY RANK ON FINDAGRAVE
For context, see the message I received on 8 Jan 2015, from an account holder who believes "military rank is meaningless", military service should "forgotten", and that you must die in a war to have rank applied to your memorial.
Following military customs and courtesies, men and women who died while in service should have their rank applied to their memorial page as a prefix.
Following military customs and courtesies, and federal law; men and women who RETIRED from the military are also authorized to "take their rank with them" after their service. Their rank should also be applied to their memorial page as a prefix.
RETIRED could mean a 20-30+ year career of honorable service, or it could mean a much shorter service period that ended in a medical retirement - eg, a Private who suffered a severe combat wound before serving even a year.
Of course, if the deceased veteran had expressed another preference, then it should be honored.
TO FINDAGRAVE: The drop-down choices for PREFIX need to be updated, corrected, and appended. There is "WO" and "CWO", but only one kind of Lieutenant? Only 2 kinds of SGT? Since when is CORP an appropriate abbreviation for Corporal? (should be CPL)
WOW! FindAGrave Updated the Prefixes! They even corrected CORP to CPL! Somebody IS paying attention... _________________________________________________
~| MEMORIES |~
Oft I remember those I have known In other days, to whom my heart was lead As by a magnet, and who are not dead, But absent, and their memories overgrown.
With other thoughts and troubles of my own, As graves with grasses are, and at their head The stone with moss and lichens so o'er spread, Nothing is legible but the name alone.
And is it so with them? After long years. Do they remember me in the same way, And is the memory pleasant as to me?