As our country settles into the celebration of Thanksgiving, we at Preserve the Pensions wanted to also give our thanks. Our effort to raise enough funds to digitize the War of 1812 Pension files continues, but today, we stop to reflect on why this project is so important. Not just to us, but to thousands of people through history.
We asked our team; what are you thankful for?
I am thankful for patriots who stood tall when their country needed them and risked their lives for my freedom! ~ David Rencher
I am thankful for the Preserve the War of 1812 Pensions Project because they reveal so much about the time, the individuals, and their spouses. It has been wonderful browsing through the records and learning. ~ Fran Ellsworth
I am grateful for those families the soldiers left at home – the women and children who also sacrificed to make this country what it is today. ~ D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
I am thankful for the record keepers who recorded and preserved the valuable information found in the War of 1812 Pension records, so that we might read these records today. ~ Elaine Hasleton, AG
I am grateful for the amazing generosity of many thousands of individuals and organizations who are putting more than seven million historical documents in every classroom in America – documents that tell stories of patriotism, hardship, longing, honor, and every-day life. ~ Curt Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF
I am thankful for everyone who has made it possible to digitize and publish the pension records from the War of 1812. I am deeply grateful that these records are online for everyone to freely use. This project made it possible for me to see my ancestors pension for the very first time! ~ Fran Jensen
I am thankful for a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors. Seeing their struggles, their relationships, and just who they write about their lives particularly during the war helps me visualize them so much better and brings them to life for me. ~ Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG
I am humbly thankful for the blood that was shed on our behalf by the soldiers, sailors, and Marines that died during this second war of Independence. ~ Mike Hall
I am thankful for my expanded knowledge of the War of 1812. In learning I have a new appreciation for my heritage, before and since America became the United States of America. The cost is far greater than I had imagined before. God bless those that fought then and today. ~ Janett Call
My thanks go to those that work so hard today to preserve the stories of the past, whether it be within the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions project or elsewhere. My thanks go to all those who sacrificed for this country during a time of war; those who fought, those who stayed at home. My thanks go to the thousands of people who have supported this effort, and who continue to do so. ~ Jen Baldwin
This week, we will sit down at our tables and feast. We will work together to make our nation stronger, to do what is right, to do what is good. We will all give thanks for those that came before us, for those that serve our country today.
From our family to yours, may you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.