If you find errors in any of my memorials, please be so kind and let me know so I can correct those. What I love about Find A Grave is you can can make their Memorial into their life story. I enjoy in my spare time making and updating memorials especially those of Veterans.
I believe a cemetery is not a place for the "dead" but a place where a family is reunited for eternity. A fellow Find A Graver posted this in their bio and I would like to share it also: WE ARE THE CHOSEN: We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors.
To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the storytellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us, "Tell our story!" So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many times have I told the ancestors,
"You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us." It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. Without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are.
So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those whom we had never known before. There's no greater gift than doing something for people who can't do it any longer.
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