|Sylvia Hertel (#48279521)|
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Writing memorials, especially of family members, is a great joy of mine, but pulling families together through family links is an even greater joy, even after they have been gone for a hundred years or more. |
Right now, that's about all I can do as a Find A Grave volunteer, but I hope to be able to get back to taking photos of headstones again at some point.
Other special interests of mine are old cemeteries, some of which have already been long forgotten, and the many men who were killed in action while fighting for our freedom. They, too, are too easily forgotten. Nobody should ever be forgotten, no matter how long they have been gone, or why.
I firmly believe in keeping memories of individuals alive, and their families together.
The picture above was a little spot I found tucked away, well out of sight, in the middle of a relatively small town. In the spring and through about half the summer it is filled with bright yellow miniature ranunculus, the bushes around this area bloom throughout the summer season, and back in the brush tiger lilies grow every year also. I learned there was once a small house sitting back in there, owned by a lady who loved to grow flowers and anything that would bloom. She has been gone for nearly 100 years. Her house has been gone almost as long, but the flowers and flowering bushes she had planted and cared for during her lifetime are all still there. I call this spot my own Little Garden of Eden.
I think that's a good description of what Find A Grave is all about. Like all the flowers and blooming bushes keep that lady's memory alive, so Find A Grave keeps the memories of so many individuals alive.
Hope Lutheran Cemetery
Immediate Hertel Family
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