To Commemorate Memorial Day

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I'm looking at the American flag that flies 24/7 on a pole outside my home and see that it became tattered over the past months, while my husband was very ill and we were out of town seeking the best possible medical care for him.  It is very depressing that he is not yet recovered enough to replace the flag and I have a knee in its terminal stages and can't even begin to think about climbing up there to do it.  It really upsets me to be flying a flag in that condition.

There isn't a whole lot that I can do this year in remembrance of the members of the military who sacrificed so dearly for me to enjoy freedom and liberty today, but WikiTree has provided the perfect vehicle suited to my limitations.  Eddie King deserves credit for giving me a profile to work on for this occasion and I have just finished my efforts on behalf of James Nicholas Rowe, a hero several times over.

Please see his profile - it is extremely inspiring to know that there are people like him in this world.

Edited to add connectors tag - hopefully, someone will connect him soon!
WikiTree profile: Nick Rowe
in The Tree House by Gaile Connolly G2G6 Pilot (908k points)
edited by Gaile Connolly
Gaile, contact your local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) or American Legion. I believe they will be glad to come over and replace your flag. I know we (VVA members) have done it here in my area.
Dorothy, You are a wonder! As folks in my neighborhood age, their flags tend to become faded "ghosts. " It never occurred to me to refer these oldsters to the American Legion which is just down the hill. I'll post the suggestions (both) on our neighborhood watch blog. Thanks! (And chin-up Gaile, your "Cuz" thinks of you.)
Most excellent job Gaile. My eyes are teary.
Dorothy, thank you so very, very much for that great idea.  It never would have occurred to me, but I will check it out promptly.  I hate seeing our flag in this sorry state.
Dorothy B, Gaile C and all- In our area (California) our very active Boy Scout troop puts flags on the graves of our local cemetery yearly- maybe they would also be willing to refresh your faded flag. Can't hurt to ask.
Dorothy, great idea but not a solution for me.  We have a flagpole mounted on the side of a telephone pole.  It's not too, too high up, but high enough to need an extension ladder, so it's not a job that can be done by a kid.

The Boy Scout troop in my town has a once a year event where they collect flags that are past their prime and have a ceremony to properly dispose of them.

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Gaile, this is one of the best profiles I’ve seen. You did a marvelous job of honoring an American hero.
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
selected by Richard Devlin
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Gaile, I can relate to your flag problem and if I lived closer I would stop by and fix that for you, but it would be at least a two day trip for me. As for the profile, as usual you did an excellent job and  can proudly say you did something to honor one of our true hero's.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
Oh, Dale, that is absolutely touching ... a prime example of it's the thought that counts.  Thank you so much.

By the way, when you wrote that I was near you when I was in Cleveland ... the last 9 days, he was moved to one of the Cleveland Clinic's rehab hospitals a little east of Cleveland (where you said you are) ... Euclid Hospital.  I might have been even nearer to you then, but I was fully focused on what I was there for and had no time for any social activities!
Gaile, We had a flag flying 24/7, lighted, for many years because one son has been in the Army for more than 20 years, as well as several other relatives who served in many different branches, but on moving where we are 18 months ago we have never been able to put one up. I hope to correct that by July 4th but I have to choose what I do on the most important stuff first. As for you staying in Euclid, it is about the same distance. The main Clinic Hospital is on a road that has 3 US highways combined going thru Cleveland, one of them is the road I live on. One of the other ones is where the hospital in Euclid is located but it is the northern most one so even with being further East it is also further North of me so the distance is about the same, I do have a granddaughter who lives in Euclid however. I am very familiar with the hospitals in Cleveland and where you were is also very near a lot of very good hospitals serving our area.
+11 votes
What a nice honor. Fantastic profile.
by Kay Knight G2G6 Pilot (418k points)
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Magnificent profile, love the photos and stories presented. Thank you Gaile for honoring this United States Army Veteran and War Hero this Memorial Weekend!
by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2.6m points)
Can we connect him?
A good task for the connector's project!!  https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Connectors
Incidental to researching for him, I found enough info for his parents and siblings, so I added them, but didn't do a whole lot on their profiles.  I also found a census record for his first wife as a child, but don't know if she's alive, so didn't add her.  There's probably enough there to easily add his paternal grandparents, but I didn't go that far.

Have at it, y'all!

The Thorpe family traces back to Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky so this could pique the interest of you East Coast folk. 

"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFNJ-B9Y : 15 July 2017), L S Thorpe, Precinct 3, Harrison, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district ED 46, sheet 406D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1309; FHL microfilm 1,255,309.

You'll find a couple of records for Nick's paternal grandfather in a comment on the edit page of his father's profile - his grandfather's death and his grandparents' 1920 census.  That 1880 census is definitely Nick's paternal grandmother - the age is close enough to the 1920 census.
+6 votes
Great tribute to Col. Rowe. May he rest in peace.

And I hope you get a new flag! It rained here today or I woud have displayed ours.
by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (828k points)

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