Essentially, every entry on Findagrave is like a message in a bottle; not the old fashioned kind that was tossed hopefully into the vast and briny sea, but the high tech one that floats out on the ether and can be accessed by thousands of searchers every day. May we make our connections with our ancestors and others like ourselves who are searchers, sentimental rememberers, and guardians of past lives and times. _______________________________________
"Our greatest treasure is our family, not only the warm circle around the Christmas tree, but all those whose lives gave us life, and those who will carry our love into the future." (Anonymous)
MEMORIAL DAY 2013 In a few days, many of us will go to a local cemetery to remember our veterans of so many wars. If you can, please visit ALBERT W. PERKINS (died 9/29/1918) He was one of 116,516 Americans who died in WWI:
Killed in Action in France September 29, 1918 Aged 23 years, 4 months, 28 days
The name Albert W. Perkins is almost not visible. But the words KILLED IN ACTION still are painfully legible. Albert's time on earth is noted with sad precision. The grass is enveloping his marker, as the grass does all over the world with such markers. Next time I am there I will remove the grass around his name. Albert, you are remembered.
GRASS by Carl Sandburg
Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo. Shovel them under and let me work-- I am the grass; I cover all.
And pile them high at Gettysburg And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun. Shovel them under and let me work. Two years, ten years, and the passengers ask the conductor: