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Entries in preservation (26)

Friday
Jun032011

* Honoring Sacrifice: USPS Purple Heart Stamp

USPS Press release 5/5/2011 Purple Heart with Ribbon Forever Stamp SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Postal Service today honored the sacrifices of the men and women who serve in the U.S. military with the issuance of the Purple Heart with Ribbon Forever Stamp. The stamp goes on sale nationwide at Post Offices and online at usps.com/shop today. “It is our hope, that with the issuance of this stamp, the Postal Service, along with the rest of our nation, can pay tribute to those whose sacrifices have given all of us a country that is truly the land of the free and the home of the brave,” said Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman. “Through this postage stamp, we have created a lasting tribute to the many brave members of the armed forces who have served our country. We are proud to share their legacy with America and the world, as we deliver our nation’s mail,” Stroman said. Stroman was joined in dedicating the stamp by Rear Admiral Mac McLaughlin, USN (ret), president and chief executive officer, USS Midway Museum; Clayton Jones, commander, Military Order of the Purple Heart; and Jerry Sanders, mayor, San Diego. The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to members of the U.S. military who have been wounded or killed in action. According to the Military Order of the Purple Heart, an organization for combat-wounded veterans, the medal is ‘the oldest military decoration in the world in present use and the first award made available to a common soldier.’

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Thursday
May122011

* having lunch with some old friends in trinity cemetery 

On such a beautiful day as today was in NYC, it was impossible not to be outside. I found a beautiful green respite just steps away from Wall Street to welcome the warm sunny weather. And these "old friends"...

aren't really friends. But they could have been! I was in Trinity Cemetery. It was the perfect place to enjoy a sunny afternoon lunch. There were benches, stone steps, tables...plenty of seating options. No one was talking loudly on their cellphones. It was so peaceful. I almost feel like I'm giving up a really big secret here...it wasn't anything like Union Square or Madison Square Park during lunchtime on a beautiful day. It makes me so proud of our city and those who work so hard to preserve these delicate memorials. You're swarmed by tourists and the Wall Street hubbub as soon as you step out of the churchyard. The obvious respect New Yorkers and tourists pay to this cemetery is evident in it's welcoming and serene condition. A popular tourist attraction STEPS from Wall Street and it continues to be an area of peace and remembrance. As I read the tombstones- the history, names, and loving memories blocked out the entire city, I could have been in the middle of nowhere.

A picture I took of the cemetery 3 days after the Dec 2010 Christmas Blizzard...looks like a completely different place!

 

 

Despite the best efforts to preserve burial grounds and tombstones, mother nature rules all. A lot of the stones are from the 1700's and the inscriptions have been completely weathered away; snow, rain, hail, and wind have taken their toll on these precious historical artifacts.

For whatever reason this tombstone really caught my attention. Just a little snapshot left to capture of this memorial.

 

Some inscriptions and engravings have withheld the test of time, but for many all that is left is an anonymous blank slate.

This was my first cemetery lunch, and I have to say- I enjoyed it! Do you have an ancestor buried in Trinity Cemetery? You can search through recorded Trinity Cemetery burials on findagrave.com. I'm sure your ancestors would love a lunch date!

Tuesday
Mar292011

* historic philadelphia cemetery needs volunteers for clean-up day

A major breakthrough in my personal family research was as simple as finding a few matching records for FREE on familysearch.org . I was able to find the burial of my wright gg grandparents, they lived in Northern Philadelphia abt 1880-1940. From these matching death records I was lead to The Knights of Pythias Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA. And now I know- this cemetery needs our help!!

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Monday
Mar282011

* i'm granting 3 wishes : i'll photograph your family's NYC past...

A few weeks ago I posted some "then and now" pictures of old school brooklyn from the NYPL digital gallery with my own pictures from 2011. I had so much fun doing this! I have been able to do this type of project with some of my family pictures and it was really amazing to see the transformations. For those of you who can't visit NYC, I want to help you connect your family pictures with their modern day counterpart. But there are only 3 wishes...the first 3 people to email me one of their original* Manhattan or Brooklyn Family picture will be granted 3 free current day pictures!

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