Happy Memorial Day to all of our visitors. The video below is our tribute to the 55 men who sacrificed their lives in the service of their country from the Civil War through the Vietnam War. After several months of research, I feel like I know them all.
They were mostly fairly young, some were drafted and others enlisted. Most died in action while others died due to other causes. In every case, they did not know their fate. They put their trust in their country and served as best they could. They left families and friends one day and did not return. Many of them remain at rest in foreign lands.
More of their stories are available at the book we compiled during this research, which is available at this link.
It was originally called Decoration Day and came into common practice after the Civil War as a remembrance of those many who lost their lives. In communities throughout the country, people would decorate the graves of the fallen soldiers.
In Frankford, we will be holding two gatherings to remember those who died in service of their country.
On Monday, May 29th at At 9:30 AM, at St. Joachim Cemetery on Griscom Street behind St. Joachim Church, flags will be placed on the graves of the soldiers buried there. In addition, the names of the 55 members of the Armed Forces from Frankford who died in service will be read. These 55 include the period from the Civil War through Vietnam.
On Saturday, May 27th, at 11:00 AM, there will be a march starting at the historic Campbell AME Church on Kinsey Street around the neighborhood and down to the Square at Mulberry and Kinsey, the site of the Wilmot Burial Ground. The graves are covered now but the remains are still buried under the asphalt. There are soldiers buried at that site. A block party will follow.