Archive for May 2011

They Will Be Remembered. It’s the Right Thing To Do.

May 29, 2011

Thanks to the generosity of the American Legion Rayson-Miller Post 899 Auxiliary and Home Depot #1247 in Penfield, New York, all 85 of my Pittsford Civil War soldiers will have a flag by their graves this Memorial Day.

Recently the Rayson-Miller Auxiliary, of which I am a member, donated money toward the purchase of flags for my Civil War soldiers.  After researching the best prices, I decided to purchase the flags from Home Depot.  I arrived at the Home Depot in Penfield, New York, and asked the representative at the service desk if the store would give a bulk discount if I purchased flags for the American Legion Auxiliary.  The service rep spoke by phone with one of the managers, Brad, who said yes, they would deduct 10% from the cost of the flags.

I headed back to the flag endcap and began counting out flags.  Eighty-five flags were required if I was to place one by the grave of each of my Civil War boys.  A few minutes went by before a man, whose Home Depot apron identified him as Brad, came over to speak with me.  Brad asked how many flags I needed.  After hearing that I required 85 flags, Brad replied that Home Depot wanted to contribute $50 toward the cost of the flags.  I was dumbfounded by his generosity.  I thanked him profusely, to which he stated, “It’s the right thing to do”.  His response brought tears to my eyes.

Thanks to Brad and Home Depot, I was able to purchase 144 flags.  My young children assisted me with placing the flags at the graves of my soldier boys at Pittsford Cemetery.  We greeted each soldier by name as we placed their flag.  There were so many extra flags we were able to place them on the graves of soldiers of other wars as well.  These soldiers, who have rested in eternal sleep for so many years, are no longer lost to history.  They had lives and they were loved.  They will be remembered.  It’s the right thing to do.

Pittsford Cemetery Tour – Saturday, May 21st at 10:00 a.m.

May 19, 2011

Join me and Pittsford Town Historian Audrey Johnson on Saturday, May 21st, as we conduct our annual tour at Pittsford Cemetery.  Tour-goers will be regaled with stories of Pittsford’s early families and of the heroic men who participated in the Civil War.

Pittsford Cemetery has entrances on Washington Road, opposite Golf Avenue.  We will meet at the flagpole.  Please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for rain.

Greenvale Cemetery Tour – Saturday, May 7th at 1:00 p.m.

May 4, 2011

Beautiful Greenvale Rural Cemetery sits beside the canal in the village of Fairport, New York.  On Saturday, May 7th, I’ll be conducting a tour of Greenvale to introduce residents to a few of the nearly forty Civil War soldiers buried here.  After the war, many of these veterans became leading members of Fairport society and of G.A.R. Post 211. 

The tour begins at the Gazebo in Kennelley Park at 1:00 p.m. where a member of the Fairport Museum will lead the way to Greenvale Cemetery.  Once the group arrives, I’ll get the tour underway beginning with the grave of Samuel Larwood of the 33rd New York Infantry.  We will weave our way through the cemetery and hear tales of cavalry troopers, infantry soldiers and a drummer boy before ending the tour at young Shadrick Benson’s final resting place.

This Illuminated History Greenvale Cemetery tour is held in conjunction with the Fairport Merchants Association and the Fairport Museum.  We hope you can join us!


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