Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The National Cemetery

Today, I thought I would add another installment to the Civil War Life film series via YouTube. This one focuses on human interest stories regarding the Gettysburg National Cemetery. The short film segment is narrated by actor Keith Carradine and is quite interesting.

One a more unfortunate note, there has been a hit and run case at the National Cemetery. Hopefully, the culprit(s) responsible will be apprehended and brought to justice. Sadly, I doubt they will catch these criminals or the ones who vandalized the Peace Light Memorial. Either way, we can be sure the Park Service will refurbish these historical monuments.

Gettysburg National Military Park News Release:
For Release: April 27, 2009
Contact: Katie Lawhon
Phone: 717/ 334-1124 x 3121

Hit-and-run Damages Historic Cemetery Gate at Gettysburg

Park Rangers at Gettysburg National Military Park are asking the public for information about a hit-and-run accident that damaged the gate to the Soldiers’ National Cemetery on Baltimore Street late on the night of April 25 - 26, 2009.

Law Enforcement Rangers believe a car - possibly yellow in color - drove into the gate, damaging it and then drove away from the scene. They recovered part of a license plate holder at the scene that says “I’d rather be shopping.” The vehicle may show damage to the front end.

The damaged gate was on the left side of the Baltimore Street entrance to the Cemetery and has been temporarily removed for repairs. The historic iron fence gate is from the late 1930s. Repair costs are estimated at $2500. Anyone with information is asked to call 717/ 334-0909.

The Soldiers’ National Cemetery is the burial site for more than 3,500 Union soldiers killed at Gettysburg in July 1863. President Abraham Lincoln dedicated the cemetery on November 19, 1863, with his immortal Gettysburg Address. The cemetery is the final resting place for veterans from the Civil War to the Vietnam War and is maintained by Gettysburg National Military Park.

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