Sacrifices are soon forgotten and often fail to be remembered by the next generation. It is true that those who make the ultimate sacrifice do not usually seek a lasting memorial for their selfless endeavors, and so it was with Miss Lucinda Rose, angel of mercy.
Left: Lucinda Rose
Right: WWI Red Cross poster
Lucinda Lovie Rose
A Post Office Job
She gave her life without a thought
To wounded men, the war had brought,
Into her care and skillful hands,
In that warring and distant land.
The Oil Creek girl that we once knew,
A Red Cross girl, with heart so true.
Her silent passing, forgotten toil;
Alone she lies in foreign soil.
Can we play Taps, to bare our woe,
To honor our Lucinda Rose.
A Post-Mortem Honor
In 1930, Lucinda received a fitting tribute for her sacrifice. Governor William G. Conley, governor of the State of West Virginia, came to Clarksburg to honor Lucinda Rose. Speaking to the members of the Lucinda Rose Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and to public, Governor Conley dedicated a portrait of Lucinda, and recounted her sacrifice to her country, and her service to her fellow man.
The stars shine through his cypress trees;
Who, helpless, lays his dead away,
Nor looks to see the breaking day
Across the mournful marbles play;
Who has not learned, in hours of faith,
The truth to sense and flesh unknown,--
That Life is never lord of Death,
And Love can never lose His own.
Note: Thanks to David McNemar for the following reference and links to the material in this entry.
Address from Gov. Conley at unveiling of Lucinda Rose's potraitState papers and public addresses of Wm. G. Conley: governor of West Virginia. March 4, 1929, to March 4, 1933By William Gustavus ConleyPublished by Jarrett Printing Co., 1933Original from the University of MichiganDigitized Oct 18, 2007. 572 pages