Arlington National Cemetery chaplains to discuss the meaning of Memorial Day

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Date: May 17, 2017
Contact: Debbie Dortch, 717-338-4465

Two chaplains from Arlington National Cemetery will join a National Park Service (NPS) historian at the Gettysburg National Military Park and Visitor Center May 27 to discuss the meaning of Memorial Day.

During the free program beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Navy chaplains, Lt. Clay Edinger and Lt. Eduardo Amora, along with NPS historian Gregory Hillebrand, will focus on the origins and meaning of Memorial Day. The lieutenants will also offer insight into their work at America’s most hallowed ground and the continued sacrifice of American service men and women.  

Stemming from the death and destruction following the Civil War, Memorial Day has evolved into a national day of remembrance, honoring those who have fallen in defense of the United States. 

Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation are proud to present this special program commemorating Memorial Day and remembering those who have, since the origin of the American Republic, sacrificed their lives. 

Gettysburg National Military Park preserves, protects and interprets for this and future generations the resources associated with the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, during the American Civil War, the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and their commemorations. Learn more at

Gettysburg Foundation is a non-profit educational organization working in partnership with the National Park Service to enhance preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg. The Foundation raised funds for and now operates the Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park. In addition to operating the Museum and Visitor Center, the Foundation has a broad preservation mission that includes land, monument and artifact preservation and battlefield rehabilitation—all in support of the National Park Service’s goals at Gettysburg.

Last updated: May 25, 2017

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