Category Archives: Holidays

Memorial Day 2023

In Memory of All Who Gave Their Lives for Freedom

Although Memorial Day is to remember those who died fighting for freedom, and few women have died in conflicts, I’d like to share The Women’s Military Memorial, located at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery.

One of the Memorial’s goals is to preserve information about the military service of women. Several years ago, I registered my mother, who was very proud of her service in the WAVES during World War II.

The home page has a tab in the header photo to set up a free account and register the names of any women in your family, along with details of their service, in the Memorial. They also accept donations.

What a great way to honor the military women in our families!


Happy Easter 2023!

A Joyful Easter

As a child, Easter morning meant that the Easter bunny had come and left a basket full of treats. It also brought out all the beautiful dresses and hats worn by ladies and young girls alike as they headed to church.

Don’t these two look pretty in their finery as the little girl feeds the lamb that represents the risen Christ?

There are only a handful of Easter songs that come to mind, but one by the great Bing Crosby is a favorite.

Have a Joyful Easter!

Presidents’ Day 2023

Presidents Day Trivia

Who were the sitting presidents during each American military conflict? There might be more than one – and there might be none.

1. American Revolution
2. War of 1812
3. Mexican-American War
4. Civil War
5. Spanish-American War
6. World War I
7. World War II
8. Korean War
9. Vietnam War
10. Persian Gulf War
11. Iraq War


1. None, but General George Washington led the fight and went on to become the first President.
2. James Madison
3. James Polk
4. Abraham Lincoln
5. William McKinley
6. Woodrow Wilson
7. Franklin Roosevelt & Harry Truman
8. Harry Truman & Dwight Eisenhower
9. Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson & Richard Nixon
10. George H.W. Bush
11. George W. Bush & Barack Obama

Research Tip: Before you pay for access to a subscription website, check the U.S. National Archives (NARA) for military records up through the Civil War. I have found a number of pension files there, downloadable and free.