A parallel journey: A grandson's tribute to a World War I hero
Thinking about researching a relative's wartime experiences? Jeff Lowdermilk's story of researching his grandfather's military service may serve as an inspiration. Development associate Lauren Collette shares his story.We usually celebrate Veterans Day with parades and speeches. Jeff Lowdermilk, a member of the Smithsonian Council for American History, celebrates his grandfather's military service in a more personal way—by tracing his footsteps during World War I, using his grandfather's wartime diary as his guide.