Honor Guard at Washington Crossing National CemeteryHonor Guard at Washington Crossing National Cemetery

Several times a day, a solemn ceremony takes place at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, Pa.

An honor guard, consisting of seven riflemen, fires a 21-gun salute, and a bugler blows taps, as volunteers with Guardians of the National Cemetery help lay to rest one of the state’s many veterans, some of whom have no family to witness the event.

“We ensure every deceased veteran has a proper military funeral,” said Antonio Albano, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a founder of the Guardians of the National Cemetery.

“It’s a remarkable outpouring of American patriotism and American citizenship and the sacrifice the veterans have brought to our community.”

Read more at http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2013/11/veterans_volunteer_to_provide_military_funeral_honors_at_washington_crossing_national_cemetery_in_pa.html.

For more on the initiative to make Washington Crossing – the critical departure point across the Delaware River for Gen. George Washington and the Continental Army – a National Monument, visit https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/make-washington-crossing-park-pennsylvania-national-park-or-monument-preserve-our-national-history/GHWwG6th.

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