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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Service

It is Week 19 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks’ writing challenge. This week’s writing prompt, Service, is timely because in a couple of weeks is Memorial Day, a day we remember our fallen soldiers and sailors, those who gave everything to protect others and our country.

During this time of tribute, I would like to acknowledge our direct ancestors who have served in the wars fought on American soil. “All gave some; some gave all.”

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Civil War Veteran Ancestors

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One hundred and fifty years ago today, a great man, Abraham Lincoln, delivered an eloquent speech, honoring those who fought valiantly at the Battle of Gettysburg:

Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate⎯we can not consecrate⎯we can not hallow⎯this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us⎯that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion⎯that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain⎯that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom⎯and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Today, I pay homage to my (known) direct ancestors who fought in the Civil War.

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Securing Our Country’s Independence

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When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security….

To those individuals who have risked their lives to declare independence and to the many who have fought to secure our country’s freedom, I say thank you.

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Italian-Born Brothers Serve in U.S. Military

As children, three Italian-born brothers (Walter, Renzo, and Angelino Caimi) emigrated to the United States. The Caimi brothers grew up American and were very proud of their adopted country, so it was natural that these patriotic young men would choose to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Four Generations of Francis Ancestors

The known patriarch of the Francis line (from my mother’s paternal line) was a man by the name of Capt. Henry Francis (my 7th great-grandfather).

Capt. Henry Francis served and died in the American Revolution. On 14 October 1780, the four militia companies of Montgomery County, Virginia, together with the North Carolina militia, met and defeated the Tories at the Battle of Shallow Ford, Yadkin County, North Carolina. Three Francis kin fought in this skirmish: Captain Henry Francis and his sons, Henry and John. During the battle, Captain Henry Francis was shot in the head and died. He was the only Patriot who perished in this battle. Son Henry was only a few feet from his father when he fell. Captain Francis was buried at the site of the battle.

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