Memorial Day is the federal holiday set aside each May to remember all the armed forces men and women who died while serving our country. The Badger family was a very prominent Quincy family involved in the granite industry. In August of 1862, Ezra Badger enlisted in the Civil war as a soldier in company D, 39th Massachusetts infantry regiment. He was 64 years old! At enlistment, he held the rank of wagoner, and mustered out 2 months later.