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Begin a Tradition – Memorial Day in Shepherdstown

By Staff | May 13, 2016

Memorial Day is just another day in Shepherdstown, as it stands now. But there is hope to make Memorial Day stand out every year as a special day to recognize those who have given their lives for their country and to honor those who are currently serving their country.

The Pack Horse Ford Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) hopes that the community will help make Memorial Day a special day every year to recognize our heroes-all those who have lost their lives in service to our country.

On May 30, 2016, at 2 p.m., the Chapter will hold a ceremony, the first of its kind in Shepherdstown. A bronze DAR marker on the War Memorial Building will be unveiled, dedicated to the many Patriots from Shepherdstown and vicinity who sacrificed their lives in the struggle for American independence.

Shepherd University History Professor Emeritus Dr. John Stealey will speak of the sacrifices made during the American Revolution. In Historic Jefferson County, Millard K. Bushong stated, “300 privates are said to have enlisted at Shepherdstown, more than 100 of whom were residents of the town. Of the latter, two-thirds died in actual service.”

This Memorial Day celebration is sure to please young and old alike. The Jefferson High School JROTC will bring out the Color Guard, flags waving in the air. The Henrietta Bedinger Lee Society, National Society Children of the American Revolution will help with the dedication. The Chapter hopes that this is just the beginning-that members of the community will come out yearly on Memorial Day and support the recognition of our nation’s war dead. Show your patriotism and wear red, white, and blue.

Cheryl Brown