Burial Flag


This is the burial flag given to my family when my great grandfather died. My family got this flag because my great grandfather was a doctor in the military during World War II. This flag isn’t important to our family because of my great grandfather's time in the military, it is special because it represents him. I never got to meet him so this flag is the only representation of him that I have. For other members of my family, seeing this flag brings back the memory of him. While he himself was not an immigrant he was the son of Jewish Russian immigrants who migrated in the 1880’s. He worked hard throughout his life and became a doctor. When the draft started he became a military doctor. He never ended up going overseas and only served inside the U.S. After the war he went back to being a normal doctor and had two kids. He eventually died due to heart problems and his burial flag was given to his wife and then was passed down to my grandfather. My grandfather then passed it to my family. Now it is mounted in our living room and anytime I look at it I think about not only him but also my other ancestors, like the ones who were immigrants and went through Ellis Island. I use this flag as a representation of my family and all the members of it. 

Place(s): Russia, New York
Year: 1886

– LM

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more