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I hope you are all having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend with family and friends!

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Monument honoring the Revolutionary War soldiers who are buried at Lower Marsh Creek Church Cemetery, Gettysburg.

There is so much emotion behind this holiday for me, I cannot possibly put it into words. In a way, it brings together the past and the present as we honor those who have fallen in all wars — from the Revolution through today.

I have the tremendous honor of being able to place flags each year on the gravesites at Lower Marsh Creek Cemetery outside of Gettysburg. There are 39 Revolutionary War soldiers buried there, as well as 8 from the War of 1812; 15 from the Civil War; 4 from WWII; and 7 from Vietnam/Korea.

It is a beautiful resting place for those who served from our country’s very beginning. Placing the flags gives me time to reflect on the sacrifice, and to honor their memory in a small way. And that’s what it’s all about, I guess. Those who served and those who died fulfilling a sacred duty should never be forgotten. These heroes gave up their own dreams so that we could fulfill ours.

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Tombstone of the Rev. Alexander Dobbin, former owner of the Dobbin House in Gettysburg.

Just a few short years ago, we were losing our WWII veterans at a tremendous rate (and still are). Now we are losing our Vietnam/Korea veterans as well. If you get a chance, shake the hand of a veteran and thank them for their service. They are national treasures.

Have fun celebrating the kick-off for the summer season, but don’t forget the reason for this holiday or the sacrifices that allow us to enjoy such abundant freedoms.

I made a video featuring the historic cemetery that can be viewed HERE on YouTube.

 

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