Last spring I wrote a post entitled “Civil War Week” which featured three Civil War related activities I had been pursuing. One of them was to obtain a headstone from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for my great grandfather, William P. Donar, who served in Company C, 25th New York State Infantry during the Civil War. I wrote about his service and my experience in obtaining a grave marker for him in this post which appeared on GeneaJourneys November 11, 2012.
The second part of my post last spring referred to the opportunity for military family members and veterans’ descendants to obtain a “Presidential Memorial Certificate” signed by the current U.S. President acknowledging the military service of a loved one. I applied to the government for that certificate, as well, for both of my Civil War great grandfathers.
While I’m still awaiting the certificate for my great grandfather Edward Kennedy (1st Regiment, New York Volunteer Engineers), I did receive the one above for William P. Donar.
I’m posting it today, January 20, 2012, in honor of both William Donar’s service to his country over 150 years ago, and in honor of President and Commander-In-Chief Barack Obama, who signed that certificate, as he celebrates his second inauguration today as President of the United States.
If you’re interested in learning about how to obtain a Presidential Memorial Certificate like the one above for the patriot in your family here’s the link to do so: http://www.cem.va.gov/pmc.asp.
For complete details on obtaining a marker for a veteran in your family who’s buried in an unmarked grave go to: http://www.cem.va.gov/hm_hm.asp where you’ll find an application form (VA Form 40-1330) and complete directions for submitting it.
To read about Edward Kennedy’s role in the Civil War as a builder of bridges and lookout towers for the Union Army see this post on GeneaJourneys.wordpress.com which appeared on this blog November 7, 2011.
Copyright © 2013 Patricia Desmond Biallas