Memorial Day Rememberance

Red, white and blue and veteran caps dotted the crowd gathered at the Pine Hall cemetery this afternoon for the annual Memorial Day service.  Volunteers raised American flags throughout the cemetery as taps rung through the air on a bugle.

Then Sgt. Adam Hartswick stepped up to the mic to share his story.  Adam recently celebrated his alive day, 1 year since he lost both of his legs over seas.  He recalled the events that day, and the friends he watched perish ahead of him.  He reminded the crowd to remember those who have been lost and never let their names be forgotten.

Each time I have the opportunity to photograph Adam I learn more of his story and the sacrifices he and many others have made to keep everyone in the States as safe as possible.  Pause during the barbecues this weekend to say thank you to those lives that have been lost over the years.
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Cemetery Tributes

Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have fought for our freedom.  Every year groups all over the county lead their own services and tributes.  Today I followed a group from the Millheim VFW as they travled to over twenty cemeteries in the Penns Valley region performing a small ceremony at each stop.

I’ve met up with this group before so was looking for a new angle when I spotted a youngster in the line during the 21 gun salute.  As shoots pierced the silence and shells flew through the air he didn’t flinch among the older gentleman in the line.

I chatted with him as the group headed to the next cemetery and learned that the event is a family affair, with his grandfather and father both being vets.  At the next stop I focused on his grandfather who saluted those who have passed during the playing of “Taps.”