Memorial Day is a holiday to honor U.S. military veterans. The freedom we experience today is possible because men and women gave their lives so we could be free.
In Rebersburg we are proud to honor our Miles Township veterans with a monument. The list of names on the monument doesn’t tell the story of when, where or why they served. If we could have asked these veterans, many would not want to talk about what they did nor would they want their names on a monument nor would they appreciate us looking at them as a “hero.” They defended our country and many felt it was an obligation.
Every veteran made sacrifices — the loss of life, limbs, inhaling gases, losing “brothers,” being away from family when needed at home, etc. Some came home but lived with illnesses and handicaps for the rest of their lives.
It warms my heart to know that our small community could accomplish the task of building a monument. The Lutheran and Reformed Cemetery has 202 veteran plots. On Sunday before Memorial Day the American Legion Post 444 from Millheim will stop at the cemetery to honor these men and women with a greeting, a prayer, and a 21-gun salute.
I’m proud we could honor our veterans in Miles Township.
Vonnie Henninger, Rebersburg