Posted 2 years ago
This is my sad family story of the young 17-yr old who ran away, enlisted and then died in France of the influenza epidemic. My great-grandparents were so devastated of course, first because he ran away and then to bring him home must have been awful. (He is buried in a beautiful cemetary with his family near Elliot, Iowa. My sisters and I found the country cemetary in 2017) 8 years later his parents used his service insurance money and bought the diamond for his youngest sister's wedding ring - my grandmother Marian. It's always been a difficult conversation and reality in our family history. A terrible loss becomes a gift to another. And most recently my Mother is dealing with dementia - that diamond ring slipped off her hand at the nursing home. All okay, the home was honest, my brother has it. My mama wore it as long as she could.