Sunday, April 22, 2007

Rest in peace...

Tribute to a fallen soldier

Hiram Hall - 1822-1870

Many years ago there was a man by the name of “Hiram Hall” who shed blood fighting as a major in the Illinois 40th, Second Brigade, XV1 Corp under MG Cadwallader C. Washburn, and the latter better known as the founder of “General Mills” products a few years later.

Hiram Hall served his country in what he thought was “a good fight”, honored to do so and without hesitation. I took the photo here where he rests and his monument is a tribute to his career in the military.

These past few weeks, flags across Canada and the United States have been at half-mast, or at least most flags we have seen have been, all paying tribute to fallen soldiers, sons of our land in Iraq. One such young soldier was from our own community where over 1400 people were touched by his very life to attempt attendance at his funeral in a very tiny country church. Splattered across the neighboring towns and even in the city, signs are posted outside of schools, government buildings, and businesses giving him honor and sending condolences to his family on their advertising boards. Newspapers and flyers filled mailboxes, this one young man touching entire communities while giving his “good fight” for his country just as Hiram Hall had also given years ago.

May the souls of the faithfully departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace.