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Queen Victoria’s Wedding

A day late but I thought I would post this tidbit anyway.. Don’t want to wait another year.. On February 10, 1840 Queen Victoria married the love of her life, Prince Albert at St. James Palace. They went on to have nine children and were devoted to each other until Albert’s tragic death in 1861. Queen Victoria went into mourning until her death 40 years later in 1901.

 

Portrait of Queen Victoria Holding Portrait of Prince Albert, negative July 1854; print 1889, Bryan Edward Duppa and Gustav William Henry Mullins, carbon print. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

Portrait of Queen Victoria Holding Portrait of Prince Albert, negative July 1854. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

The Prince of Wales, The Princess Royal, Princess Alice, the Queen, Prince Alfred, negative February 8,1854; print later, Roger Fenton, carbon print. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

The Prince of Wales, The Princess Royal, Princess Alice, the Queen, Prince Alfred, negative February 8,1854,  Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Portrait, July 1893, W. & D. Downey, carbon print. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Portrait, July 1893, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

 

 

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A day which will live in infamy…. Pearl Harbor Day

Today is the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of  Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Over 2,400 Americans were killed in the bombing. This aggressive action by the Japanese lead America into World War II after a long period of isolationism. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a speech which inspired many men and woman to serve in the military or keep the home front going during time of war. His speech is best known for the quote “December 7, 1941..A day which will live in infamy.”

FDR’s speech inspired my grandparents to join up. So today I would like to remember that greatest generation.

Robert J. Schwarz , Navy & Marines, medic

 My grandfather must have been impacted by Pearl Harbor as a month later he was enlisted  on January 26, 1942 . He fought in the South Pacific and earned many ribbons and medals including the Bronze Star.

Gertrude Yuill Schwarz enlisted in 1943 in the Woman’s Army Corp

 I am fascinated by my Grandmother who enlisted in the Woman’s Army Corp as a private. She served as a cryptographer in Washington DC. It amazes me that a woman who was born in the 1920’s was so brave to join the war efforts. She earned the GI Bill and later went on to college due to her service.

Mitchell Sosnicki, Army Private First Class

And my other grandfather joined up in early 1943 as a private in the Army. He was stationed in Germany in the Black Forest and stayed an extra year after the war ended.

So today I remember my wonderful brave grandparents and all those who served.