Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
My Thoughts on this Memorial Day
Today we Americans Honor and Remember Those Who died in Battle.
Though my ancestors did not die in battle I still Honor their sacrifice.
First My Great, Great Grandfather who being a Free man remembered his sisters and brothers in slavery chains and joined the battle for Freedom.
William Henry Halstead
In December of 1863 my Great Great Grandfather, William Henry Halstead, who lived in Tarrytown, New York, traveled to New Haven, Connecticut to join the 29th Connecticut Colored Infantry. On his Volunteer Enlistment papers it notes his occupation as a farmer. He enlisted for three years and was discharged on the 24th day of October 1865. He married and had five children. William Henry Halstead passed away in 1888 and was buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, New York. His wife moved to New York City with her five children. Her children grew up in Harlem and belonged to various organizations such as Odd Fellows, Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic and the Daughters of New York.
Edward Gordon Palmer
My Father Edward Gordon Palmer who served in Air Force during the Korean War. Daddy dropped out of City College in New York to enlist in the Air Force. Fortunately My Dad was stationed state side and did not have to go to Korea but I’m still glad he Loved this country enough to volunteer.
Of course I’m also glad that after he ETS’d he went to work at Wright Patterson Air-force Base in Dayton, Ohio, was introduced to and married my Mom Mable Palmer which resulted in myself and Stephen. Obviously I mention my Dad because I Love him and still impressed that despite the fact Black Americans did not have Civil Rights as in every war since the American Revolution Black Americans have always stood up and defended our country always hoping and praying for the Double V. Victory Overseas and Victory at Home.
As most of you already know I too served in the U.S. Army because despite the fact that America does not believe in Black people I still believe in her and what she could and should be for All Americans.
One day the hopes, dreams and prayers of my ancestors will be fulfilled and we will have that Victory at Home.
America My Country! Sweet Land of Liberty! Let Freedom Ring!