We Remember …

In the years following the Civil War, Americans began a springtime ritual of decorating the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers and flags.

That was the start of Decoration Day. Today we call it Memorial Day.

On Saturday, Boy Scouts with Troop 39 — and Troop 139, Westport’s first female Scout troop — continued the tradition.

They decorated the headstones and markers of scores of military members at 5 cemeteries: Greens Farms Congregational Church upper and lower; Assumption; Christ & Holy Trinity, and Willowbrook.

I saw them, as they finished at Christ & Holy Trinity cemetery on Kings Highway North. After they left, I visited those graves.

Some honored men killed in action, as far back as the Civil War.

Others led long lives, after service in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korea and Vietnam.

The Boy Scouts remember them.

All of Westport should too.

(Cemetery photos/Dan Woog)

Thank you, Troops 39 and 139!

(Photo/Laurie Cizek Brannigan)

 

3 responses to “We Remember …

  1. When I was about 10 (very early 1960’s) I mowed the lawn for a very old man and wife in Greens Farms. Their property always smelled like onions after it was mown. When I was done he always invited me in for lemonade and stories. He told me that he was born during the Civil war and that his father was a soldier that survived. I remember him showing me his fathers uniform and war memorabilia… I don’t remember his name and only years later realized that he must have been close to 100… I have always considered myself very lucky to have met him.

  2. Greg Boosin

    thank you for posting this.

  3. Mary Cookman Schmerker

    This is wonderful. Thank you. I loved seeing all of them but moved by the one for Mario Gilbertie. We knew so many members of the Gilbertie family.