may 28, 2018

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“You’re always one decision away from a totally different life.” ~ Unknown

 

cooling off

 

Dad hasn’t been able to participate in DAV activities the way he used to, but this year, despite having pneumonia, he was able to lay the wreath at the DAV Memorial Day Event in West Liberty. It was hot, too. Real hot. While he did his thing, with Jill standing in the wings watching over him, mom and I went to decorate at Malone. We came back for them, then went to Dairy Queen to cool off with some sweet treats. It’s really important that folks, any folks no matter their age or infirmities, be able to participate as long as they’re able. And when one is able to make it happen, one must. It feels good to help. I’m grateful everybody in the family, including Jill, was able to do something to honor our vets and ancestors this year. Here’s to many more banana splits with my two favorite vets. 

 

dedicated to God and country

 

job well done

may 29, 2017

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“Today on Memorial Day, we honor the brave men and women
who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.” ~ Nasa

 

ridge

 

I had never been to Camp Nelson before today, though I had passed it hundreds of times on U.S. 27 to and from Danville. Cousin Mike Moore’s dad is buried there, and I was reminded of that yesterday. That’s when I knew I needed to see it, and there’s no better day than Memorial Day.

 

rows on rolling hills

 

Just twenty-five minutes south of Lexington sits Camp Nelson National Cemetery. It was originally a 4,000 acre Union Camp during the U.S. Civil War. Among its 300 +/- buildings was a hospital, and it was from this that the cemetery sprang. In three years time – 1863-1866 – more than 2,000 men were buried or reinterred here from battle sites around Kentucky, including 900 from Perryville, Kentucky’s largest battle. Thousands of freed slaves also came here to enlist in the U.S. Colored Troops, making it one of the largest recruiting stations of the war. The freedmen brought their families. They, along with the large refugee camp that evolved during the war, eventually established the  town of Ariel/Hall just west of the Camp. Some 600 African-Americans are buried at Camp Nelson, and it was declared a National Cemetery by Congress in 1866. Today, it holds fallen soldiers from all U.S. conflicts, including many women like Kathryn Dempsey (below). I didn’t realize until today just how significant a role Camp Nelson played in Kentucky’s history. It was humbling to see hundreds of people there to pay their respects. If you’re ever in Kentucky over Memorial Day, go. 

 

beloved mother