I’m preparing to share some of my family history with a group of church members later this month. Since I’m a writer, I like to get as much use of the words I string together as possible. With that in mind, embedded below is a first draft of my remarks, which I am now in the process of editing.

I was initially to present in February, but my talk was cancelled due to snow. Since that initial date, I’ve decided to alter the talk slightly to focus more on the story of the Battle of Java, which is central to the story of the Gissing side of my family over the last three generations–a story dominated by the tragedy of war, a tragedy that affects the living and dead.