Monday, June 15, 2009

Ruby Tuesday - Flag Day



It is Ruby Tuesday this week, and it was Flag Day on Sunday. Patti, Allegra and I were at the Connecticut Open House day on Saturday. Of course, we went to the local historical site, the David Humphreys House. I enjoy my visits to this local piece of history and the Derby Historical Society has a ramp that allows access to the first floor. I like the wide plank flooring but have to wonder how tough living here would be without central heating and untold draftiness (through the uncaulked windows) might have been...
The best part of the day was a tour of the Elm Street Cemetery (the
Old Episcopal Graveyard) across the street. A nice feature is that the gravestones of all the veterans here get a flag planted beside for Flag Day. The top picture is for of Anson Chaffee, who volunteerd for the Connecticut Volunteers in the Civil War in 1862 at the age of 59 (!) years, and the bottom view is of his son James. who enlisted as well. How often do we see father and son veterans buried in the same row of the same cemetery?

25 comments:

Bond said...

A piece of history indeed.

Linda said...

Looks like a great way to have spent the weekend. I completely forgot about the Open House on Saturday and missed my chance to go to a couple around here. Glad to hear that you and Patti got to take advantage of the free day!

Robin said...

I was so saddened to think that a family had lost both a father and a son in one single moment. I see now though that they died decades apart and at a ripe old age. I'm glad to see it.

maryt/theteach said...

My father has a very similar gravestone, Ralph. He served in WWII. they do put out flags on flag day... Happy Ruby Tuesday!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

How wonderful that the graves of war veterans are marked with flags. Nice tradition!

Leora said...

Like Robin, I feared father and son had died together. I see the 1873 and 1914 and feel some relief.

I used to look at old tombstones years ago, when I was a child. Nice to honor the veterans.

ilanadavita said...

It is good they didn't die in the same war; still tough on the family.

Carletta said...

He followed in his father's footsteps - honorably!
It used to be the churches here would put a flag on every veteran's grave at Memorial Day but not anymore. I always take one myself for my Grandfather's grave.

Nukke said...

Hi ! I know Elm Street from an american Movie :) Nice pics, nice habit !

Felisol said...

A remarkable tradition to plant flag by the tombstones at Flag day.
It's a good thing that cemeteries are well preserved.
Here graves may be deleted after 25 years if no relatives are willing to pay for it.
All my grandparents still rest safely in their graves, I don't even know where my great grand parents are buried.
"In hundred years everything will be forgotten," poet Hamsund said.
Let's hope it isn't so.
From Felisol

DrillerAA09 said...

Strangely enough, when visiting the cemetery on certain holidays, I find myself drawn to the old monuments, especially of those who died to young defending this great country. Well done indeed.

Dianne said...

It's touching that the flag is the only bit of color

well done Ralph

Becky and Gary said...

We have done lots of geneology over the years, and have spent so much time photographing cemetery gravestones. Such stories they can tell.
Good choice Ralph.
B.

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srp said...

I love the old graveyards. In Mississippi each spring during the Pilgrimage of antebellum homes, the local cemetery hosts the "Tails from the Crypt". The math and science high school students research people buried there and write a monologue about their life... then they dress in period dress and present their history, while standing at the gravesite. It is mapped out to be a walking tour and starts at dusk... lantern light guides the groups of pilgrims around the graveyard with music and poetry and the stops in between. Each year it is different and always wonderful.

floreta said...

old graveyards certainly look neat.

napaboaniya said...

Really, it's not often we see fathers and sons buried at the same row of the same cemetery.
But one thing for sure, they're both there as heroes after life.

Have a good week!!! :)

storyteller said...

Timely choice ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

bj said...

Very nice Red post today.
I love going to old graves and reading their headstones. Always interesting.

Martha in PA said...

Great photo! I have been "itching" to get into some of the old cemeteries to learn about some of the folks that went before. I grew up in this area, moved back after being gone for 6 years and my interest in the past has piqued!

ellievellie said...

My grandpa fought the WWII. Nice display of the National Flag!

Mrs.Zeus said...

That is a nice way to honor the veterans, great shots!

Kim said...

Quite fitting. Perfect for flag day.

Jim said...

Hi Ralph, you were patriotic this weekend. Good for you guys.
I didn't even know about it being Flag Day until I saw it in the paper yesterday. At least, and for sure, I would have put our flag out.

Happy RT, thank you for the visit and for your nice comment. That is a Nebraska flag you saw. The U/N is one of my alma maters. I stayed there long enough to learn that the big red 'N' stands for nowledge. Most Nebraska people (k)now that.
But I did get to Texas as fast as I could. I have been through the naturalization process and am now a 'natualized Texan,' paperwork and all.
..

Karen ~Georgia Angel said...

Great history from the cemetery. Thanks for sharing.