I'm a retired Sergeant First Class Vietnam Era Veteran born and raised in Hutchinson.
NAMES / MILITARY DESIGNATIONS: While some people adamantly refuse to add it, I WILL honor their service and rank. A veteran who has served honorably in a time of peace or war may bear the title of the highest grade held during that period. There's a difference between the "living" and the "deceased" military veteran. The living have protocols to follow, understandably. But when one is deceased, they are honored by what they and/or the family wishes if authorized. They have the right for a military headstone, niche or marker issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This includes the highest rank that they achieved while on active duty under an honorable discharge. DoD policies and protocols referred by other members only refer to living veterans. It's simple. No room for personal interpretations. They earned it. Honor them. And follow FAG guidelines.
ADDING OBITS: "Since the move to Ancestry and the new website, newspaper obituaries, death certificates and other scanned documentation is allowed. We encourage members to move the images down to the bottom of the photo display so that they are not the first thing you see when viewing a memorial page."
FAG's mission is to document. It's up to the community, which includes family members, to tell their story. We build on these memorials based on suggestions which FAG has set up. If FAG says that a veterans rank may be included by their guidelines, it should be honored, not left up to personal opinion. DoD protocols refer only to that of the living, not the deceased.
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