Wednesday, December 31, 2008

James Ross Quigley

My paternal grandfather, James Ross Quigley (1920-1976), was born on New Year's Day. He was in the U.S. Marines and fought in Iwo Jima during World War II. I remember him often, because I drive by the Iwo Jima Memorial every day on my way to work. He was not one of the guys raising the flag, but he knew and fought with them, of course. The flag on the monument is authorized to fly night and day, by the way. I also drive by Fort Myer, where the horses used in funeral caissons are boarded, looked after by the Army's ceremonial unit, the Old Guard. I consider it good luck when I see the horses outside in the morning, but lately they have been avoiding the cold.

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