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Army Blanket, Olive Drab - 1922
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
Sick and obnoxious: creating a memorial page for somebody you know is still alive.
VETERANS MEMORIAL CEMETERY
As of 15 Jun 2013, I have photographed every visible headstone in this cemetery - all have been posted.
That's over 6,500 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
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)
~| 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?
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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|Julie Mofle||Rentmeester Transfers|
Thank you very much for the transfer of the Richard and Geraldine Rentmeester memorials. I am their only family member who is active on Find A Grave and I am sure when I show them to their children, they will be touched by the tributes. You did a wonderful job on both and I will take good care of them and add some photos, too.
Again, thank you!
|Cheryl Ayres||Re: Military Rank|
You are talking about something that has no baring on their service at all, it is just a rank which is meaningless, it doesn't tell anything about a person, it doesn't tell what battles were fought or what war, medals earned or wounds. As I said before, I am not ignoring their service. The rank isn't in the name category, it is in the bio section. It is still being honored & isn't being disrespectful. Pride goeth before the fall, to much pride is a weakness, love is much stronger in winning a war. So your saying that birth,death & marriage records should be changed to enter a rank because of military service. Why not recognize it 18 to 20 years before you chose to serve on your birth certificate, or on death certificate 50 years after your service ended. Yes their are soldiers that have been maimed, that happens in wars but there is more to a person's life than the ugliness that I am sure they wished had never happened. I have a brother-in-law that won't even talk about his experience in Vietnam, he wants to forget, it was too horrifying, so you think on his memorial he should have rank added to his name because he served his country when I know that he wanted to forget? You cannot assume everyone wants to be prideful of their military service. If I had memorials in national cemeteries ( of which I don't), yes I would put a rank because it shows that they want it recognized & most likely were career soldiers but not in private cemeteries where the majority only served maybe 2 to 4 years & wish to forget. It isn't the families fault that they can't afford a different gravestone. A more fitting honor is a simple note thanking them on their memorials for protecting you rather a meaningless rank added to their name, it would mean much more. People should be remembered for what kind of person they were in life with happy memories & not just military service & ugly war. You can think what you want, I am very patriotic but chose a different way of honoring then you. I chose to honor with a more human & total life accomplishment of a person's life than just a total military standpoint. You have every right to do what you want to your memorials which I respect & have no intention to change your opinion, don't try to bully others to do your will, be respectful to others opinions even if you do not agree. Thank God, our forefathers created the constitution to protect my rights. I do understand your point I just respectfully disagree & wish you would also be respectful of my point of which so far you have not, everyone has different points of view. I have only responded to give you a better understanding of my points of view not to argue. Please respect.
|John Van De Loop||LTC Allan B. Ellis|
Hello. I am researching early Wisconsin National Guardsmen and I came across LTC Ellis on this site. Can you tell me from where you got his photo? I am trying to identify an officer from the same time period of whom I have a photo and know his rank and branch, but have no name. Was hoping you could direct me to another source that I may peruse for the gentleman for whom I am searching. Thanks!
|Nadeen Sobottka||Jacob Schwingler|
Hi Jim, you'd probably already assumed that I've added the additional information to all the Civil War Vets that you have provided. On this last fella, Jacob, you've made a notation that the 2nd Ind. Batt. should be 3 Ind. Batt. The stones does read 3, it's just difficult to read. Regards, Nadeen
|Johnny James||Vetrans Recognition|
First of all thanks for doing a wonderful and long ednurinf=g task of taking that many photos at one cemetery.
I find so many Find A Grave contibuters do not put in the BIO's of people the military experience (even if it is only just WW2, Civil War, etc. - anything else is a plus)or post the photo of military plaque, etc. that sits along side the gravestone.
I feel this a dis-respect to those that served no matter what role they played in the wars - they were there and faced death from direct attack or disease - like so many did in the early wars of this country.
I completely agree - our copyrighted photos are no longer copyrighted as the biggest breaker of the law is Ancestry.com - WHO IS IN FOR THE PROFIT.
But I have found others who do it as well as cemetery associations have done such as well whether they hired someone or not, they have them.
Keep up the good work.
|Nancy Singh (mom||James Warren Crum|
Thank you so very much for taking a pic of my great uncle's headstone. I have so many fond memories of him and seeing this photo means so much to me.
|Diane Heim||Ellen Gordon|
I hope you don't mind that I connected my great great grandmother, Ellen (Enright) Gordon, to her daughter Huldah (Holdie Annie) Anne Gordon Pike.
Thank you for adding her to Find A Grave and doing all the work you have done. It is much appreciated.
|N Lewis||Edwin S Kozelek (42845926)|
Could you please transfer Edwin's memorial to me? Thanks, NTHN
Added by N Lewis on Nov 06, 2014 12:04 PM
|Starlight Creek Angling Society||Sgt. Charles Dathe|
Thank you for the heads up on the correct grave location of Sgt. Charles Dathe of the 6th Wisconsin Infantry.
|Grand Army of the Republic||Private Nathan Palmeter|
Thank you so much for the additional obit info for Palmeter. I have added it to his memorial. I thoroughly agree with your thoughts concerning copyright of gravestone images. How silly to be so possessive of an image of someone's grave or even their Findagrave memorial.
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