American Patriots 2023

Honoring All Veterans November 2023

Ancestry Europe to America honors, salutes, and recognizes during November the services of all United States military forces, past and present, for their sacrifices worldwide.

We are saluting all the  Colonial settlers who participated in the organized militia activities and the Revolutionary War that helped advance the 13 colonies to become the United States of America in 1776.

Veterans Day Salute November 11, 2023

This special day of recognition for Veterans of World War I was initiated by Congress and President Woodrow Wilson on November 11, 1919, as the first Armistice Day. In 1926, the United States Congress adopted a resolution requesting President Calvin Coolidge to issue annual proclamations calling for appropriate ceremonies in observance of November 11th. Later, in 1938, a Congressional Act made November 11 a legal holiday for each year.

U.S. veterans groups were successful in 1954 in changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

American Patriots 2023
Saluting Veterans 2023

Honoring Ancestry Veterans Service 2023

In the Province of Pennsylvania, the Supply Act established the first official body of  Militia on November 27, 1755.

Honoring Ancestry Veterans United States of America

Berks County, Pennsylvania

Conrad Weiser Jr 1696-1760 was commissioned as Colonel in the Province of Pennsylvania Militia and served as Lieutenant Colonel in the 1st Battalion of the Pennsylvania Regiment with service in the French and Indian War. He resigned from this position on November 24, 1756.

A Post about the life and service of Conrad Weiser to the Colony of Pennsylvania was made available in September 2019. Place of Burial: Conrad Weiser Memorial Park, Womelsdorf, Pa.

Conrad Weiser Memorial

Conrad Weiser Gravesite

Philip Weiser 1722-1761, Son of Conrad Weiser, French and Indian  War Veteran: Commissioned Army Lieutenant in 1754.  Place of Burial: Reith Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Berks County, PA.

York County, Pennsylvania

Charles Fake 1840-1917, Civil War Veteran: Private Company C, 166 Regiment PA Volunteer. Place of Burial: Saint Paul Union Cemetery, North Codorus Township, PA.

George W. Fake 1841-1898: Civil War Veteran, Private Company A, 107 Regiment PA Volunteer. Place of Burial: Yorkana Cemetery, Lower Windsor Township, PA.

Lewis Fake 1836-1920, Civil War Veteran, Private, Company C, 166 Regiment of Pa Drafted Militia, Drafted for a 9-month obligation beginning November 8, 1862, ending with discharge on July 28, 1863. (Source: Original Discharge) Place of Burial: Canadochly Cemetery, Lower Windsor Township, PA.

Harold F. Fake 1922-1997, Private US Army World War II, Served from March 1943 to October 1943. Place of Burial: Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Lebanon County, PA.

Leroy S Fake 1906-1966, Private US Army, World War II. Served from January 1943 to August 1944. Place of Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Ronald L. Fake 1940-, US Navy 1958-1962, last duty station was USS Bennington CV-20- an aircraft carrier patrolling the South China Sea during the Vietnam conflict. Honorably discharged after four years of enlisted service.

Ray E. Fake 1942-, US Navy 1960-1964, last duty station was the USS Harwood DD-861 station with the Mediterranean Naval fleet. Honorably discharged at the end of four years of enlistment. Ray Fake is my younger brother.

Pima County, Arizona

David W Cooper  US Air Force Veteran, Active Duty 1966-1994, Reserves 1976-1994. Retired full Colonel at the end of service. David piloted a C7 Caribou in Vietnam and, later, the KC 135 refueler. David served in Desert  Shield from 1983 to 1994 and Desert Storm from 1990 to 1991. His last duty station was March Air Force Base. David is my son-in-law.

Saluting Air Force Family 2023

My grandson David Cooper is in the Air Force F16 pilot training program today. David graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2020. I am incredibly proud of my grandson’s Air Force Service in helping protect the freedom and liberties we enjoy today under the U.S. Constitution. These are the same principles of freedom and liberties our ancestors fought to preserve and maintain over the past 300+ years.

David Cooper F-16

After David W Cooper (AF profile above) and my daughter Shannon (Fake) Cooper wed, they brought two exceptional children into this world.  Mackenzie and David Cooper made outstanding grades in school, and both graduated from four-year degree education programs. These accomplishments make this Navy veteran and grandfather proud and grateful for their achievements.

Saluting Colonial Heroes and Peacemakers

In the early settlement of colonial America, conflicts and disputes over the rights to the land created numerous Heroes and Peacemakers.

When my Ancestors (Schneider, Feg, Faeg, Feck, Fake) and related Ancestors (Weiser) made the final leg of their journey to the Tulpehocken Valley( near Reading, Pa)  in 1723-1730, they encountered the  Lenape Indians.  At first, the Indians were hospitable and introduced the European settlers to some of their wild crops, like squash. As more settlers came at the invitation of William Penn’s provincial government, the Indians started to defend the land they had occupied for many years. Next, the Indians formed small armies that raided and killed some settlers.

Heroes and peacemakers came together to develop a more civil relationship with the Lenapes. Groups of brave men with limited defense tools, such as sticks and crude hoes, formed militias. This was not the answer to farm families spread out without communication.

Conrad Weiser was a soldier and a peacemaker. His early relationship with the Mohawks in the province of New York equipped him with the skills to become a highly regarded Indian interpreter between the Iroquois nation and numerous provincial governments. One of the most significant agreements was the Tulpehocken Indian Treaty of 1736. This Treaty allowed the early settlers in the Tulpehocken Valley to legally acquire the land they had previously reserved for homes and farming.

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 We present researched stories about our European German families coming to America in 1710. They first settled in the Province of New York and In 1724 the Province of Pennsylvania. 

We create stories about ancestry heroes like William Penn, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, George Wilson, and the family Indian peace negotiator, my 6th great uncle Conrad Weiser Jr. These individuals of integrity and many more helped to push America to become the United States of America in 1776.

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Ronald L. Fake

Pennsylvania native from York County. After graduating from Wrightsville High School enlisted in U.S. Navy. While in the Navy working in the field of Aviation Electronics decided to enroll in college. Selected San Diego State University with a focus on urban geography and environmental studies. After graduation in 1968 worked with county and state governments, and private industry on the environmental impacts of transportation projects. After retirement started my ancestry research and today I am writing that history as a blog at