Ancestry Memorial Day Tribute

50 Story Salute

For the 50th anniversary of Memorial Day, Ancestry wanted to pay tribute to 50 fallen soldiers.

So we gave a virtual salute to these fallen soldiers by using our platform to share and tell their stories.

The Video Salute

We asked people to share the story of someone they knew who 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 in America 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 and was recommended for the Medal of Honor by his infantry commander back in 1944, but because of prejudicial treatment towards Asians back then, his efforts weren’t recognized by his country until the year 2000 – 56 years after his death.

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