The Gull Reef Club

5/28/2012

Surrender to Remember!

Filed under: — Jaime @ 6:44 pm

Another Memorial Day, another round of situationally maudlin patriots espousing their ever-so-sincere remembrances of veterans lost. Forgive my cynicism (or don’t – the beauty of being cynical is that I don’t care), but I get annoyed when I am harped on to remember. I DO remember them. I remember them nearly every day, far more than most who only bother once or twice a year.

Study your own history and one can’t help but have Memorial Day everyday. Having actively researched my family for quite some time, I know that I am a direct descendant of those who were part of WWII, WWI, the Civil War, the 1862 Sioux Uprising, and the War of 1812 (certainly there are others, but the research, of course, is on-going). I am a direct descendent of those who avoided the wars by religious exemption, moving to Canada, or leaving ancestral lands to come to the good ole USA. I am a direct descendent of the women who went along with the men in charge and their wars. I remember ALL of them, nearly every day.

I’m not so cynical that I’m above encouraging you to start your own family tree, and answering any questions you might have on doing so. Drop me a line or leave a comment. Just don’t harp on me to remember, I promise I do.

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