A Posthumous Honor for another Great-Grandfather

On January 20th, which just happened to be Inauguration Day in America,  I posted a photo of a Presidential Memorial Certificate signed by Barack Obama that I’d just received in the mail.  It honors my great-grandfather William P. Donar, who served in Company C, 25th New York State Infantry during the Civil War.

A few weeks ago, I received another certificate–this time for my great-grandfather, Edward Kennedy who served in the 1st Regiment, New York Volunteer Engineers.

Temporary, collapsible bridges likethis one were erected by pontoniers like Edward Kennedy of the NY 1st Volunteer Engineers.

Temporary, collapsible bridges like this one were erected by pontonniers like Edward Kennedy of the NY 1st Volunteer Engineers.

To learn about Kennedy’s role in the Civil War as a builder of bridges and lookout towers for the Union Army see this post.  There you’ll read about the brief life of a brave Irish immigrant who fled a famine a continent away, only to be drawn in to a war in his new adopted nation.

 The Presidential Memorial Certificate honoring Civil War Veteran Edward Kennedy signed by President Barack Obama.

The Presidential Memorial Certificate honoring Civil War Veteran Edward Kennedy signed by President Barack Obama.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in knowing about how to obtain a Presidential Memorial Certificate like the one pictured at left for the patriot in your family here’s the link to do so: http://www.cem.va.gov/pmc.asp.

Oh ~ and if  your veteran  is buried in an unmarked grave you can do something about that too, with a little help from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Read how I did  just that right here when I obtained a headstone for my great-grandfather William P. Donar just last fall.

Certificates and gravestones ~ small, yet significant ways to remember the patriots in our past…

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.

For complete details on obtaining a marker for your  veteran 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.

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Copyright © 2013 Patricia Desmond Biallas

 

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