For the first time in a century, the Pennsylvania National Guard canceled its annual memorial service at Boalsburg, the site of the 28th Infantry Division Shrine.
Brig. Gen. Stephen Radulski, the 28th Infantry Division’s deputy commanding general — maneuver, asked for people to take time to remember the fallen warriors and their families.
“Every year for nearly 100 years, members of the Pennsylvania National Guard have gathered at Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, site of the 28th Infantry Division Shrine to commemorate those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to the nation and the state,” Radulski said in a recorded message on the division’s Facebook page.
“We also honor those Gold Star families who lost a loved one and commend them for their commitment to the nation and the state,” Radulski continued.
The pandemic has caused the cancellation of large gatherings, and wreaked havoc throughout the world.
And while the ceremony wasn’t held, the Guardsmen and women are honoring a legacy of service to the nation by providing support for those battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have soldiers that are currently being used across the state in order to support the response effort to this current health crisis,” Radulski said. “Since we can’t gather this year, unfortunately, because of this, we are simply asking all of those who are out there today — former members of the division, current members of the division, our families, our friends and our partners — to pause and reflect on those who have lost their lives in defense of the nation.”
The ceremony had been scheduled for May 17.
Rather than the day going by unobserved, Tyler Gum, the site administrator for the Pennsylvania Military Museum placed a single wreath at the division shrine in remembrance.
The Pennsylvania Army National Guard Bradford Readiness Center houses Company C, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division.