Tomb Trippin' is a web series hosted by Jim Hanks that focuses on "reanimating" some of the forgotten stories of American history that can be found buried in graveyards across the country. Come with us as we delve into the past and bring to history to life.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Understanding what it means to be a U.S. veteran, part 2

Our photo of Louis Van Iersel's cenotaph.
This day on our  “Tomb Trippin’“ blog, we honor one veteran attributed with saving over 1,000 lives ! His name is Louis Van Iersel, and he is buried in Arlington National Cemetery with his wife, but has a cenotaph (a grave marker for someone who is not buried there) in the beautiful, small Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery, in Sierra Madre, Calif., right near where I live. My husband, Dan, and I have included some pictures of this lovely cemetery, as well as a grave of a Vietnam veteran we happened to notice as we were driving away. The flag by his tombstone and flowers were left as an early tribute. 

Visit his page on Find A Grave to learn about Van Iersel's incredible bravery and swift thinking. Think of the impact he and so many men and women like him have made. Enjoy the pictures, and we hope you enjoyed your day off yesterday (if you had one). Hopefully you found time for a quiet salute in your heart for all the fallen. 

Thank you so much for visiting our blog! I know I said you would meet the producers this month, but we wanted to dedicate our blog to our country's heroes. You'll meet everybody next month. Please join us again.

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