Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Honoring Malbert Cooper, Pre-WWI Vet, thanks to Patricia Bayonne-Johnson

Under a blue sky with while billowy clouds, the ceremony today (27 May 2015) at the Spokane Memorial Gardens Cemetery was to render belated honors to Sgt. Malbert M. Cooper, a veteran who served his county from 1910 to 1917. Thanks to EWGS Vice President Patricia Bayonne-Johnson, who tackled this as a "cold case" genealogy project, and after a decade of wrangling with the various government departments, Malbert Cooper finally got a headstone and his well deserved military burial honors.

Pat was invited to share some remarks and did a fine job. It was hard for her to follow the ceremonial unfolding and refolding of the flag by the honor guard and the firing of three rifles and the playing of taps. 

EWGS members were there to support her:  Donna Potter Phillips, Patricia Ayers, Mary Holcomb and Patricia. 

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