Family, Heroes

In Remembrance …

Memorial Day. A designated Federal holiday, the name signifies a specific day set aside annually to memorialize and honor those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Earliest observances of the day pre-date the Civil War. In my younger years, I recall hearing the day referred to as "Decoration Day." That was… Continue reading In Remembrance …

History, Poetry

A Day to Remember

A memorable poem for Memorial Day 2015. It was originally composed by John McCrae a hundred years ago this month.

Culture, Dying, Family, Genealogy, Living, Narcissism, Poetry, Rants & Opinions

Remember Me

Poet Christina Rossetti wrote a beautiful poem titled Remember. Today, our annual day of remembrance signified as Memorial Day, we honor those who died in service to our country. My grandfather (Charles Frederick West, 1887-1932) didn't die on the battlefield but his exposure to mustard gas in the trenches of World War I brought about his death after years of suffering. His… Continue reading Remember Me