The Letter B
I chose this picture of the letter B because some times doing family history is like a maze, you never know what's just around the next turn.
One of the turns I took looking for this relative was searching the internet for information and serendipitously finding pictures of family grave stones on a great web site called findagrave.com.
The Letter B is for Burger. My 6th great grandfather's name was Zachariah Burger. Zachariah lived from 1761 to 1836 and was buried in Terpenning Family Ground Cemetery, Esopus, Ulster Co., New York.
With a little googling I learned that he had fought in the Revolutionary War, an exciting discovery for a patriotic American.
I am grateful to live in a country where I can practice my religion freely, speak freely, and enjoy an element of security from tyrannical rule. I have always admired the founding father's for having the strength to fight for their liberties, as well as all those who have paid for our freedoms with their blood.
Freedoms I partake of daily. Finding that one of my relatives fought in the Revolutionary War made my heart well with pride. Made me want sing - Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" and wave a flag.
When I think of the insurmountable challenges Zachariah Burger and those who have fought to keep America free faced and overcame- I find myself looking at my trials differently because I know if I am brave and stand up for what is right - freedom can survive and thrive.
The letter B leaves me proud of my country, freedoms, and family.