|Elizabeth C. Dinger, the Poplar Grove National |
Cemetery lead park ranger who oversaw the
refurbishing of the cemetery, poses with
re-enactors from Pennsylvania at the descendants’
ceremony marking the reopening
of the cemetery on April 28
Thanks to the blog's creator, Brian Swartz, for including my story of my great-great-grandfather, Willard Greenleaf Delano of the First Maine Heavy Artillery, who died in the Battle of Petersburg.
The story came out of a weekend trip we took in April to Richmond, VA, for a family ceremony at the rededication of Poplar Grove National Cemetery. We also visited with with a dear college friend and her husband, explored the history in the Virginia State Capitol and sampled the city's fine craft beer.
Thanks to a super-cheap direct Allegiant flight (Sanford, FL to Richmond) and a very reasonable Air B&B place, the trip fit right into the tiny retirement budget.
A descendant seeks her Maine Civil War
hero at Poplar Grove National Cemetery
If you get to Richmond, check out the capitol for its dynamic role in our nation's founding.