|Photo taken from Fort Delgres, Guadeloupe, the city of Basse Terre below.|
|Basse Terre today|
Their actions were driven by reasons that were selfless and noble and required great courage; most likely went beyond what I would have done in that same situation, but of course, I don’t know that for certain until I’ve been put to that test. Maybe after such a test, I would not be around to be congratulated afterward, as is true of so many heroes.
|Fort Delgres is an enormous fort with many levels|
|Entrance into Fort Delgres|
When the French National Assembly abolished slavery on the French Caribbean islands in 1794, he was fully supportive of that action. In his capacity within the military he was instrumental in dismissing the white French civil servants thereby allowing the free blacks to govern themselves.
|The fort encompasses the entire peak of the mountain|
|A bombed fort|
|One of the levels of Fort Delgres|
|A secret tunnel exited the fort toward the river below.|
|Louis Delgres, military hero. The people's hero|
|A Lutheran congregation with new organ, southeastern MN. Note: Baptismal gown on the right.|
Was such behavior not heroism just as much as going off to war? I think so. No one would have begrudged my grandfather some anger, some bitterness and yet…..he remained kind and loving to all of his children, and to everyone he met throughout his lifetime. A gem of a man and quiet hero.
|Corey Kampschroer, quiet hero|
And then, and then, as if war was not enough to survive, he was sent to New Orleans to recover the bloated bodies from the floodwaters after Katrina.
|My brother on left|
|A service to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice|