Memorial Day 2019

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This past Friday, I went with Liv as she joined her Girl Scout troop and hundreds of other Boy and Girls scouts to continue a tradition.

Near us is Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery Dedicated in 1986, the cemetery is a contemporary memorial type with all grave markers flush with ground level. It covers 225 acres and was designed to accommodate 154,000 veterans and their family members.

Every year, just before Memorial Day weekend, the scouts, along with motorcycle club chapters, other veterans and anyone willing to help out, place flags on each marker.

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It’s a big job, but with all hands on deck, everyone make short work of it.

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As a state shrine, Doyle Cemetery honors the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces. Approximately 13 burials occur each business day and the cemetery is visited by thousands of visitors each year.

It was like the ground just sprouted American flags in a matter of a half hour. It was quite breezy, making for an really awesome sight.

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Today, the kids will march in the Allentown Memorial Day Parade and we may go to a BBQ. But this experience really put into perspective what this day is all about:

Honoring those who fought and fell.

Last evening I watched Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro.

I love Tony’s work and this is really a beautiful, heartbreaking, compelling watch. It on Amazon Prime and also on YouTube. I highly recommend it.

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2019

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