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

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.

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3 Comments on “They Will Be Remembered. It’s the Right Thing To Do.”

  1. Kate Says:

    Beautiful.

  2. Roberta Rapp Brunelle Says:

    I was thrilled to see a flag at the grave of my Civil War veteran ancestor. The headstone is knocked over–do I contact the town to see about fixing it?


    • Hi Roberta,

      If your ancestor was John E. Rapp, then he is at Mount Pleasant and the village oversees that cemetery. The Village of Fairport website address is http://www.village.fairport.ny.us/. I would love to learn more about John, and will email you directly. Thank you for dropping by Illuminated History! I’m always thrilled to hear from descendants of these local heroes.

      Vicki Profitt


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