Monday, May 29, 2017

Tiny trip evokes big Civil War memories

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
    Memorial Day started as Decoration Day to honor those who died in the Civil War. So it seems fitting today to share my guest post from the Bangor (ME) Daily News blog "Maine and the Civil War."
    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.

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