I had gotten Nitro Girl the day before Memorial Day.
I had a tag in mind that was patriotic in nature.
This is Beverly National Cemetery
The original cemetery was established in 1863 and consisted of one acre.
It was expanded in 1936, 1937, 1948, and 1951 to its present size.
It is nice to honor our service men and women who served our country.
When I got to the cemetery I had forgotten that they would probably have ceremonies here.
This fine Marine had asked if I wanted him to take a picture of me next to my bike.
I in turn asked if he would not mind if I took a picture of him next to my bike.
He graciously accepted.
I talked with him for a little while until he had other duties to attend.
He is a fine credit to his family, the Marines and his Country.
I found this to be a sobering site.
The website says that out of the original 147 Union Soldiers buried here, only 10 are unknown.
This gentleman is a Medal of Honor Recipient from the Civil War.
What struck me about Serg. Strasbaugh is that he was from Maryland, he was wounded at the first battle of Petersburg, VA, after which he was transported to a hospital here in Beverly where he died.
In doing the genealogy of my family my great, great, great grandfather was wounded at the Siege of Petersbug near the end of the war and was transported to a hospital in Fairfax, VA where he died of his wounds.
That connection pulled at my heart.
State Tag #243 Beverly National Cemetery
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