Ancestry Salutes Veterans November 2021

Saluting All Veterans Colonial America to USA Today

Ancestry Europe to America Blog salutes and recognizes during November the services of all United States military forces, past and present, for their sacrifices in keeping peace around the world. In addition, we are saluting all the  Colonial settlers that 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, 2021

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 United States Congress adopted a resolution requesting President Calvin Coolidge to issue annual proclamations calling for appropriate ceremonies in the observance of November 11th. Later in 1938, a Congressional Act made November 11 a legal holiday for each year.

Veteran's Day Salute 2019 for all members of US Forces
Veteran’s Day Salute

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

Veterans Campaign Service

  • In the Province of Pennsylvania, the first official body of  Militia was established by the Supply Act, November 27, 1755.
  • French and Indian War 1754-1763. Treaty of Paris official end of the war.
  • American Revolutionary War fought between Great Britain and the 13 colonies which resulted in the birth of the United States in July 1776.
  • Civil War 1861-1865 was fought between the Northern(Union) and Southern(Confederate) states. The Union ended this conflict with the Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania.
  • World War I 1914-1918 was a global war between the Allies including Britain, France, Russia, Italy, and the United States who fought the Central Powers of Germany,  Austria, Hungary, Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria. The conflict ended at 11 am on the 11th day of November 1818 by the signing of an Armistice agreement.
  • World War II 1939-1945 was ignited by the Adolf Hitler takeover of Germany in 1933 with the Nazi Party and later invasion of Poland. The Allies – United States, France, Great Britain, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Greece, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Yugoslavia, and the Soviet Union ended this long, bloody casualty laden war with the unconditional surrender of the Axis powers on May 8, 1945. The Axis Powers included Germany, Italy, Hungary, Romania, and Japan.
  • Korean War 1950-1953 Communist North Korea, supported by China, invades South Korea. UN forces, largely U.S. Armed Forces reached a peace agreement after several years of fighting with high casualties. Both sides reached a ceasefire that maintained the 38th parallel as a 2 mile wide Demilitarized Zone.
  • Vietnam War was a conflict in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia (1955-1975). In 1955 Communist North Vietnam invades non-communist South Vietnam. In 1961 the U.S. joined the war to support the South Vietnam efforts against communism.  With strong political opposition in the U.S. homeland troops were withdrawn in 1973. North Vietnam succeeds in taking control of South Vietnam in 1975. This was one of the longest conflicts with United States involvement where we lost the war.
  • More recent United States government military operations can be found on a comprehensive list at

Honoring 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.

Conrad Weiser Memorial
Conrad Weiser Gravesite

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.

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 4 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 4 years 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. In Vietnam, David piloted a C7 Caribou and later the KC 135 refueler. David served in Desert  Shield 1983-1994 and Desert Storm 1990-1991. His last duty station was March Air Force Base. David is my son-in-law.

Saluting Air Force Family 2021

Today my grandson David Cooper is in the Air Force F16 pilot training program. David graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2020. I am extremely proud of my grandson’s Air Force Service in helping to protect the freedom and liberties that we enjoy today under the U.S. Constitution. These are the same principles of freedom and liberties that our ancestors fought for 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 amazing children into this world.  Mackenzie and David Cooper made outstanding grades in school and both graduated from four-year degree education programs.

Medical Community Service

Mackenzie Cooper graduated from Western Washington University with a Degree in Biology. She had her sights set on attending Medical School to become a doctor. She took a break before advancing her studies and entering the medical services business. Today Mackenzie is responsible for her company’s business in three western states.

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 (Schneier, 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 invite of William Penn’s provincial government the Indians started to defend the land that they 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. Militias were formed by groups of brave men with limited defense tools-sticks and crude hoes. This was not the answer to farm families that were spread out with no communication with anyone.

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 previously reserved for home and farming.

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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