50 Story Salute
For the 50th anniversary of Memorial Day, Ancestry wanted to pay tribute and honor the story of 50 fallen soldiers.
So we gave a virtual salute to these fallen soldiers by using our platform to share and tell their story.
We then encouraged others to share a salute and tell the story of their loved ones as well.
The Video Salute
We asked people to share a salute and the story of someone who had died while serving.
As I listened to them pour their hearts out about the person they’ve lost, it was a nice reminder to just enjoy and appreciate life. That day, the trees seemed greener, the air smelled fresher, and all the trivial things we get hung up on felt that much more insignificant.
A Salute to Francis B. Wai
Wai was an anomaly and made the rank of Captain as a Chinese American during WWII. This was unheard of, and it happened during a time when the Chinese Exclusion Act was still in effect, Japanese Americans were being rounded up and placed in concentration camps, blatant anti-Asian propaganda was running rampant, etc. He ended up sacrificing his life for his troops but his efforts weren’t recognized until 2000 – when he posthumously received a Medal of Honor, 56 years after his death.