Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Honoring American Veterans

"We crossed the _____ River the night of the 6th then we camped at Suchrey in the woods until the Armistice was signed on the 11th month 11th day and 11th hour. The last shot was fired at 10:45 am."

Those words were written in my grandfather's journal where he recorded his marches and camps in Europe during World War I. He began the journal on June 24, 1918 with his arrival at Camp Taylor, Kentucky, for boot camp and titled it "Around the World with the U.S. Army."

Veterans Day has long been a day for honoring our American veterans, both living and dead, who served our country honorably during war or peacetime. The History Channel has a lovely video explaining the history of Veterans Day at http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/veterans-day-facts. In it, we learn that "Veterans Day originated as 'Armistice Day' on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I."

PCGS wishes to honor our veterans and invites you to upload a photo* of your veteran ancestors to our Facebook page, give the veterans name, and identify the war(s) in which he or she served or the years of service if it was during peacetime. You will only be able to upload the photo in the comments section of this post in Facebook. Go to https://www.facebook.com/Pima-County-Genealogy-Society-154968861251726/, find this post, and click "Comment". Select the camera icon to browse to the desired photo in your computer and type the veteran's name and war(s) or dates of service. You may do this any time during the month of November.

And while you're there, be sure to Like our page in order to receive notices of other articles posted there.

*FINE PRINT:  Please do not upload photos that are copyrighted unless you have permission from the copyright owner.
 

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