Veterans Day always makes me remember something that happened when I was a Docent at the Civil War Museum in Philadelphia. It was an interesting place, originally started by an association of retired Union Army officers, who donated their collections of memorabilia, much of it legendary. As they died off, the house in which they met was established as the museum.People often came to look up relatives or ancestors (I found two of mine, and it was like meeting old friends) and research for theses or novels (as did I).
I enjoyed the time, and the collections themselves had interesting stories, some of them sad, some of them very amusing.
“Did you find him?” I asked, remembering how hard it had been to find Josef Myers of Ohio, my great-great grandfather.
“I certainly did.” The other was laughing. “Yeah, I found him! Hah! He spent the entire war assigned to a ship that stayed in Philadelphia.”
Ah, Dad! I still miss you. Happy Veterans Day to all who served.