Rockport/Echols Veterans World War
The number of the Rockport Area World War II Veterans is more than I want to
place on one web page, thus, I have come up with two pages. To find you favorite
World War II Vet just left click on World War II A or World War II B in the blocks
below. If you can not find the World War II soldier that you are looking for, you
can try the other soldier sections of other eras. Now, if you still can not find
your favorite soldier, it is possible that I do not have a picture of him/her. Feel
free to send me a picture and a short write-up of any Rockport/Echols area soldier
and I will try to include him/her on a corresponding Web Page....Hopefully we can
soon fill up the "Future" page.
As you will see if you visit each Web Page, I have not included all of the area
soldiers. I can only include the ones that I have pictures and write-ups on and
have not left out anyone intentionally. If you know of any Vietnam Soldier that I
have missed, I encourage you to send me or Hilma a picture and a short write-up
and they will be included. Each soldier deserves their day of being recognized.
Thanks for looking and please return soon.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of
remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.
There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two
dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There
is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves
before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves
are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South
who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's
American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared
the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's
difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it
had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous
gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860's tapped into the general
human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement
that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not
important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was
established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it
is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.
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