Posts Tagged ‘independence’

The anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor seems an appropriate time to reflect on our World War II veterans.

Harrison Hanson

When I was a little girl, it was a very common project for history class to go interview a World War II veteran (or someone about their memories of World War II). As children of the Baby Boom generation, we were assumed to be grandchildren of the men in uniform of the Second World War and the women who worked in wartime industry. And twenty years ago, that wasn’t a particularly difficult project to complete. I could name for you a dozen World War II veterans that I knew, including most of my great uncles. (My grandfathers did not serve in the war – one was never enlisted and the other was given a medical discharge from the Navy without ever leaving the United States coast.)

Milton H. Freund

But now we are losing the generation with concrete memories of World War II, and the knowledge they have can never be reconstructed if its not recorded.

Robert R. O'Callaghan

If you are lucky enough to know someone who has lived a long time and experienced the major events of our last century – the Depression, World War II, the Cold War – talk to them. Record them. Ask them to write down their life story for you. In the last few years before she died, I interviewed my grandmother for a project in graduate school. This was a woman who I had known for my entire life, who I had had more conversations with than possibly anyone else in the world, and she still told me stories I had never heard – because I had never asked the right questions before.

John A. Tupholme

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Maple Shade Cemetery has a number of stones where the deceased’s occupation is listed, mostly those who were public servants.

Rollin J. Krabstruber was Valleyview Police Chief for many years.

Rollin J. Kranstuber

Lawrence Mack had a number of important roles in his life.

Lawrence W. Mack

Robert J. Wisnieski served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam and achieved the rank of Lt. Colonel.


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There are strains of our cultural roots that focus on touch – we value the ability to “reach out and touch” something over just viewing it. Take Roman Catholic relics. For those not familar with the hierarchy of relics, there are three “classes.” First class relics are items from Christ’s life or the remains of a saint (pieces of the True Cross, bone fragments from a saint). Second class relics are items that a saint wore or used. Third class relics are things that have been touched to a first or second class relic: sanctity imbued by the act of touch.


That is what I thought of when I read the little message on a post at the base of this monument.


What are the three things that this short paragraph wants to convey to you – 1. Ulsenheimer was a Civil War soldier, 2. He shook hands with President Abraham Lincoln, and 3. He is ancestor of a current local resident. I was just immediately struck by the emphasis on the handshake – of all the things in Ulsenheimer’s life to preserve, the act of having briefly shook hands was second only to his veteran status and his descendant.


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I am interpreting this as a cross. It’s a little abstract, but I really like it.


Abstract cross?

I think that’s all we’re going to manage for today. Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and enjoys the long weekend!

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Today is a photo post in honor of the season. Instead of taking photographs yesterday as I had originally planned, I spent the day waiting for a phone call. My brother had a serious accident Friday, but it appears he is on the way to recovery. We appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers.

Aunt and Uncle - Maple Shade Cemetery


Cipra - Harvard Grove Cemetery



Towner - Maple Shade Cemetery



Maple Shade Cemetery



Harvard Grove Cemetery

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