It was an interesting week balancing between the past and the present.
I received an email from a NH researcher through the historical society where my grandparents lived. She had taken on a huge project to learn about almost 2,000 American soldiers killed in WWII and buried in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Belgium. Along with those brave citizens, she also agreed to find the personal story behind 29 Americans buried in the Luxembourg American Cemetery.
As she was pulling these 29 stories together, she found that my Uncle Allen who is buried in Luxembourg was a NH classmate of her great uncle who is buried in Belgium. She wanted to find out more about my uncle and volunteered to also send information to the Manilla American Cemetery where my Uncle John is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing containing 36,286 names.
I went through all my photos and papers and assembled what I thought was meaningful and sent them on to her.
I’ll be honest, it was very emotional to think that the time spent assembling family photos, diplomas, medals, and other things would find their way to a personal file to remain with them.
Gone but not forgotten is so important as we the keepers of the family history all age. It was so worthwhile to think they won’t just be a cross or a name but will now have a story with family photos highlighting their lives before WWII with them forever.
On the present front, Friday the 300,000 1B group of NH folks were eligible to register interest in receiving the vaccine, and 170,000 did just that. It took us about 30 minutes to do so, we received an email acknowledging the entry, and were told that we would then receive info on booking an appointment sometime in the future but to be patient.
Imagine our shock when we got online the following morning at 6 a.m. and found that we had the emails to register for the vaccine.
While at least two other states that I know of are only requiring name, date of birth, and address, NH is using the CDC online system. It is considerably more involved and required the state sending a separate email that provided info line by line on how to complete the form which certainly helped.
I’m happy to say, we are now both set up to receive the first shot on February 3. We drove by the site yesterday, and it appears to be a drive through with marked lanes and the appointments scheduled for every ten minutes. Fingers crossed that the appointments are not cancelled which is happening because of supply.
Again, a myriad of feelings that just maybe we can stop fearing contracting the virus although continue to follow all the safety guidelines. I raise my coffee cup in the hope that we and everyone else who is interested can get the vaccine.
What can I say except these beauties which are 7″ across have certainly brought many smiles as I sit out there in the sunshine reading.
I hope you have a good week, we all deserve many good weeks.
Stay well. ❤️