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.
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.
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…
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