Memorial Day & Family History

Cyril R. Perera - U.S. Marine Medic died in WWII - posthumously received silver star and US citizenship

Cyril R. Perera – U.S. Marine Medic died in WWII – he posthumously received the silver star and US citizenship (family photo)

I want to take a moment to thank all of those who have fought and served for our country – and the families and friends who supported them – so that we may live free today.

May their sacrifices never be forgotten.

“Mother earth will swallow you
lay your body down.
Find the cost of freedom
Buried in the ground.” –Simon & Garfunkle

Cyril R. Perera

My Great-Great Uncle (Father’s Mother’s Mother’s Brother) Cyril R. Perera came to the United States from Nicaragua. He died on Okinawa, serving as a medic to the Marine Corps. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and his American Citizenship.

My father points out:

“He symbolizes the fact that immigrants are patriots, that love and die for this Country and are worthy of citizenship.”

My Grandmother, Jo Ann, shares:

“Two of my Mother’s brothers fought in WWII. Being an American citizen was so important to them as it was to all of this little family of Nicaraguans who came here back in the early 1900’s. Each of them lived very productive lives that contributed to their communities and country. Am very proud of being a member of the Boudreaux-Perera family. Our Perera family is a combination of Mayan, Welsh and Spanish bloods….the Mayan line has lived in the Americas for over 10,000 years, the Welsh since the 1700’s and the Spanish since the 1500’s.”

My Grandmother’s brothers-in-law – Joe and Donald, husbands of Yvonne and Mae, also served in WWII, and returned to their families. I had the privilege of growing up getting to know them and hearing their stories. May they now rest in peace.

Cyril is included on the Maryland World War II Memorial:

Cyril R. Perera on the Maryland WWII Memorial - he served as a medic in the US Marines

Cyril R. Perera on the Maryland WWII Memorial – he served as a medic in the US Marines (photo by EmaBee)

Maryland WWII Memorial

Maryland WWII Memorial (photo by EmaBee)

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