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biofire
06-06-2011, 3:16 PM
In honor of Memorial Day, I thought some of you might be interested to see how we honor our country's first veterans back East. I just got back from Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, so the pics are a little late for Memorial Day. From New England down to the Carolinas, the graves of soldiers who fought in the American Revolution are marked with flags all year-round. The flags mark the graves of men who actually fought the British. I've been to dozens of small graveyards and yet, every one of them is well-maintained and the flags are constantly replaced with new ones. The graves are kept up by descendants of the deceased, or by the NSDAR (look it up, a very cool organization).

I encourage everyone to make a trip to Boston, walk the Freedom Trail, and think about what it was like for a farmer/soldier to see the British Naval Fleet fill the Boston Bay.

(I've got hi-res pics if anyone wants them)

Decoligny
06-06-2011, 3:49 PM
Grew up outside of Boston.

One of my direct ancestors was with Washington at Valley Forge.

biofire
06-06-2011, 4:21 PM
Grew up outside of Boston.

One of my direct ancestors was with Washington at Valley Forge.

Very cool.

ccandgc
06-06-2011, 4:24 PM
great pictures, thanks for sharing.

loose_electron
06-06-2011, 4:37 PM
Grew up on the South Shore, (halfway between Boston and Cape Cod) family members in Daughters of the American Revolution - I have also been a "Redcoat" in some of the revolutionary war pseudo battle re-enactments that happen in the Boston area. (hey! somebody has to play the bad guy!)

France provided the ammunition by the way.

sreiter
06-06-2011, 4:51 PM
Been to a few cemetery's in boston...the one with john hancock, ben franklins parents, etc. very cool....i believe one is one the "freedom trail"

tomd1584
06-06-2011, 6:16 PM
cool pictures. I had the opportunity to walk the Freedom Trail a few years back when my sister graduated from BU...just wish i could have spent more than 3 days there.

SanPedroShooter
06-06-2011, 7:10 PM
Great thread. Great Pictures.

dfletcher
06-07-2011, 9:03 AM
I grew up in NH and MA (Andover & East Sandwich mostly) and I suppose we're in agreement here - MA did the heavy lifting and PA handled the paperwork, right ....? :p

sreiter
06-07-2011, 10:32 AM
I grew up in NH and MA (Andover & East Sandwich mostly) and I suppose we're in agreement here - MA did the heavy lifting and PA handled the paperwork, right ....? :p

too bad they forgot their roots and have some of the worst weapons laws in the country - one note on the plus side. At least AW's are transferable

biofire
06-07-2011, 10:58 AM
I grew up in NH and MA (Andover & East Sandwich mostly) and I suppose we're in agreement here - MA did the heavy lifting and PA handled the paperwork, right ....? :p

Absolutely. By the way, I grew up in Dennis.

morrcarr67
06-07-2011, 11:13 AM
:79:

We are free today because they gave their all for us. Thank you for sharing.

ckprax
06-07-2011, 1:10 PM
Wow, very cool. It's surprising to see how old these men were.

choprzrul
06-07-2011, 1:26 PM
Wow, very cool. It's surprising to see how old these men were.

Never get in a fight with an old guy....

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biofire
06-07-2011, 1:33 PM
Thanks for the responses. I'm glad everyone liked the pictures. If you want to see the graves of Paul Revere, John Hancock, or Sam Adams, I highly recommend the Freedom Trail in Boston to anyone interested in American History. When you are there, the past seems much closer.

redcliff
06-07-2011, 6:12 PM
I was born in upstate NY (Rome) and have visited the battlefields there as well as the Freedom Trail in Boston.. very moving to see the battlefields and graves of such prominent history in our nation's fight for freedom.

Heres Oriskany Battlefield near Rome, NY:
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll137/ranjaz/firearms/Oriskany1.jpg
The spot where General Herkimer, although seriously wounded, rallied his troops:
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll137/ranjaz/firearms/Oriskany2.jpg
And the restored Fort Stanwix in Rome, NY, which General Herkimer was trying to relieve:
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll137/ranjaz/firearms/fortstanwix.jpg

epilepticninja
06-07-2011, 10:07 PM
Grew up outside of Boston.

One of my direct ancestors was with Washington at Valley Forge.

One of my direct ancestors who has a town and a county in Virgina named after our last name, was George Washington's boss when George was still a Lt. in the British Army. Sent George on his very first mission as the officer in charge.

Peter.Steele
06-08-2011, 8:46 AM
NSDAR (look it up, a very cool organization).




Jesus. Every time I open this thread to look at new posts the acronym NSDAR freaks me out a little ... just one letter difference ... :p

biofire
06-09-2011, 11:07 AM
I was born in upstate NY (Rome) and have visited the battlefields there as well as the Freedom Trail in Boston.. very moving to see the battlefields and graves of such prominent history in our nation's fight for freedom.

Heres Oriskany Battlefield near Rome, NY:
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll137/ranjaz/firearms/Oriskany1.jpg
The spot where General Herkimer, although seriously wounded, rallied his troops:
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll137/ranjaz/firearms/Oriskany2.jpg
And the restored Fort Stanwix in Rome, NY, which General Herkimer was trying to relieve:
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll137/ranjaz/firearms/fortstanwix.jpg

Those are great photos. Thanks for posting them. I also get choked up every time I see these graveyards and walk the Freedom Trail. Living in California, we tend to lose touch with the power of these historical places.