I was born in Augsburg, Germany, grew up in Northern California. My ancestors are German, English and Scottish . . . settled in Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina and Maryland . . . all rich in history and waiting for me to discover and share our story.
On this day, 200 years ago, my paternal 3rd great-grand uncle, Denton Ijames was born in Rowan, North Carolina. Denton was the son of Beale Ijams (1767 - 1855) and Elizabeth Ijams nee Little (1770-1848), my paternal fourth great-grandparents.
Happy Birthday, uncle Denton . . . and on this same day, birthday wishes to your 3rd great-granddaughter, my 5th cousin, Elizabeth Denton M. . . . and birthday wishes to my 2nd great-grandfather, Richard Denton Ijames (1829-1902) . . . Happy Birthday to you all!
Thank you, Elizabeth, for gifting me a photo of Denton's headstone ~ posted with Elizabeth's permission.
The special commemorative shield designed for San Diego County First Responders Firefighters, Police Officers, and Port of Authority, in the photo above, is being worn over my husbands heart on his Police uniform for the month of September, remembering each day what our country went through and those we lost and in memory of 9-11.
The Commemorative 9-11 Badge
Many other agencies wanted to join in the 9-11 project but the time frame to manufacture the badges was quickly closing. That lead to the realization. Every police and fire agency across America should be afforded the same opportunity. Starting in 2012, we will be asking police and fire agencies across the United States to join in a national project. We want to provide our EMS brethren the same opportunity EMS personnel had in San Diego in 2011.
The national badge will be designed so it can be used year after year. Each year additional police and fire agencies will sign up for the 9-11 project. Our goal is to eventually have every police and fire/rescue agency in the United States wearing the same optional badge for the month of September.
We will never forget.
The Official Publication of the San Diego Police Officers Association
Happy Birthday to my paternal first cousin, Jim ~ he would have been sixty-one years old today.
~ Building Dedication Ceremony Booklet ~
He served as a prototype nuclear plant instructor from 1970 until 1973 when he was selected for the Naval Enlisted Scientific Education Program. He earned his bachelor's degree and a master's degree in nuclear engineering from Purdue University in 1977. He was then commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy in 1977. James was hand selected by Admiral Hyman G. Rickover for duty at Naval Reactors ( a joint program of the Department of the Navy and the Department of Energy) with cradle-to-grave responsibility for the reactors aboard all U.S. naval nuclear-powered warships. He retired from the Navy in 1989.
A building in Bremerton, Washington, was dedicated in his name:
A4W Fleet Interactive Display Equipment (FIDE) Training Simulator on September 11, 2008.
Building Dedication Ceremony front page of booklet reads as:
In recognition of his tireless commitment to the training principles of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program,
we dedicate this building on September 11, 2008 to the memory of