Friday, June 14, 2019

Look for the Names of your Ancestors on Monuments

Look for the Names of your Ancestors on Monuments

Egyptian Hierglyphs
Throughout the ages, mankind has recorded history in a number of ways, viz: clay tablets, brass plates, papyrus, cement, etc. The case of erecting monuments is universal and dates back to ancient times.

The cuneiform writing of the Sumerians, Egyption hierglyphs, Cretan hieroglyphs, Chinese hieroglyphs, Indus script and the Olmec script of Mesoamerica are but a few methods used in the preservation of historical events and populations. Not to mention monuments, gravestones, footstones, markers, obelisks, plaques and cairns which were included in ancient cities, towns and kingdoms across the map.  And America came along and adopted that same practice.

Once, while visitiing the Gwinnett County Court House, I noticed a monument in front which told about the militia driving an Indians war party from Georgia in 1834.  The list of those who fought included the children of one of my ancestors!  For years I had searched for the names of his children and here was the date and place of an event which recorded their deaths!   The monuments are a great help to remembering historical events which occurred in other times. 

That makes the vandelism and destruction of our historical monuments as one of the worst atrocities in all the history of mankind on this earth!

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