May 29, 2011

Sharing Memories (Week 22 of 52): Memorial Day Thank You to Military Ancestors

It's Week 22 of our Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey Please join us each Sunday as we write and share our memories of childhood. Your descendants will be thankful that you did! Write here as a comment, or on your own blog, or in a private journal, but please write!

Since this is Memorial Day Weekend in the USA I thought we should write about the soldiers in our family. Do you have any military personnel you want to thank for the sacrifices they make? I do.

My son is a Sergeant the Canadian Military, and has been to Afghanistan several times. I worry about him but I'm proud of him too.

My father was a Lieutenant in WW2 and spent 4 years in England during the war. I've been reading his Service Files and piecing together his activities. It was a long time to be away from his wife and 3 young children. My older sister was born as he arrived in England from Canada and his sons were 2 and 3 years old. My mom moved to Ajax to work in the Munitions Factory there as she had no other way to support her young family.

Neither of my grandfathers served in any wars or the military. One was injured at work and unfit for any kind of military duty, the other was in the Kent Buffs in England and tried to join the CEF in WW1 but was refused.

I do have other military ancestors - my Loyalist ancestor Isaac Vollick who fought with Butler's Rangers; his son (also my direct ancestor) who fought in the same unit; my grandmother's brothers all of who fought in WW1 (one was killed in France) and my mother's uncles who fought in WW1 and WW2.

I thank them for all they sacrificed to keep us free.


The Grandmother Here said...

My father was in the Canadian army in WWII but he never talked about it. How do I get his service files?

Genealogy Blogger said...

Diana - you can send for your father's military records (some restrictions apply) Just go here and follow their instructions. Rules have changed since I applied for my father's WW2 files so I'm afraid you will have to read through the page to figure out how you can apply now

The Grandmother Here said...

Lorine, Thanks! I'll do it.