This site is dedicated to my many ancestors, and relatives who served so valiantly in the military. The pages are divided up into the various wars they participated in, and honors those who heeded their country's Call to Arms. Were it not for them and the sacrifices they made, we would not have the liberties we enjoy today...
"Here we and all who shall here-after live in freedom will be reminded that to these men and their comrades we owe a debt to be paid with grateful remembrance of their sacrifice and with the high resolve that the cause for which they died shall live."
[Dwight D. Eisenhower: taken from the dedication of the Golden Book at St. Paul's Cathedral, London]
As a nation we have experienced tragedies that have brought us together, unified. I express my gratitude to the families of those in the military, as well as my gratitude to our fighting men for their courage and willingness to serve.
Memorial Day Address 30 May 1884, Keene, NH
[Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., 1841-1935]
"Such hearts--ah me, how many!--were stilled twenty years ago; and to us who remain behind is left this day of memories. Every year--in the full tide of spring, at the height of the symphony of flowers and love and life...there comes a pause, and through the silence we hear the lonely pipe of death. Year after year lovers wandering under the apple trees and through the clover and deep grass are surprised with sudden tears as they see black veiled figures stealing through the morning to a soldier's grave. Year after year the comrades of the dead follow, with public honor, procession, and commemorative flags, and funeral march--honor and grief from us who stand almost alone and have seen the best and noblest of our generation pass away.
Full text of this address is available online at:
"But grief is not the end of all. I seem to hear the funeral march become a paean. I see beyond the forest the moving banners of a hidden column. Our dead brothers still live for us and bid us think of life, not death--of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and joy of the spring. As I listen, the
great chorus of life and joy begins again, and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers and destinies of good and evil, our trumpets sound once more a note of daring, hope, and will."
Full text of another Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Memorial Day address in 1895 is
A Call to Arms
United States Military Conflicts
- 2001-current: Middle East
- 1990-1991: Persian Gulf
- 1961-1973: Vietnam War
- 1950-1953: Korean War
- 1941-1945: World War II
- 1917-1918: World War I
- 1899-1902: Philippine Insurrection
- 1898: Spanish-American War
- 1861-1865: American Civil War
- 1846-1848: Mexican War
- 1836: Texas War of Independence
- 1812-1815: War of 1812
- 1801-1805: War with the Barbary Pirates
- 1780's-1890's: Indian Wars
- 1775-1783: Revolutionary War
- 1754-1763: French and Indian War
- 1744-1748: King George's War
- 1702-1713: Queen Anne's War
- 1689-1697: King William's War
- 1675-1677: King Phillip's War
To find out how to send for Military Records for your ancestors, click HERE.
For additional reading about the Military, see:
American Battle Monuments Commission
The Civil War Home Page
The War Generations
RootsWeb Guide to American Military Records: Lesson #14
USIGS Military Collection
USIGS Genealogy Research in Military Records
The Military Research Room
The Korean War POW/MIA's
The Peril's of War
The Arlington National Cemetery
The music on this page is: Battle Hymn of the Republic, written in 1862
To listen, simply click on the arrow on the midi-player below...
Words by Julia Ward Howe
Music: "John Brown's Body"
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
His truth is marching on.
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword,
His truth is marching on.--CHORUS
I have seen Him in the watch fires of a hundred circling camps;
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps,
His day is marching on.--CHORUS
I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
"As ye deal with My contemners, so with you My Grace shall deal;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on."--CHORUS
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His Judgement Seat;
Oh! be swift, my soul, to answer Him, be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.--CHORUS
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me;
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.--CHORUS
This midi file was sequenced by Benjamin Tubb, and is used with his permission.
You may visit his web site at: PD Music