Military men, women honored at Natl. Cemetery of the Alleghenies

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BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. - A ceremony to salute former and current members of the military was held Sunday at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville.

While thousands who served for the United States have been laid to rest at the cemetery, those who are still living make sure that they are not forgotten.

“Remember the sacrifice that all veterans paid to be away from their families. Some gave their life. Some came back crippled.  Our freedom is not free,” said Vietnam veteran Kenny Ward, whose friend, a Korean veteran, was buried at the cemetery on Friday.

Among those who spoke at the ceremony were Rep. Tim Murphy and state Sen. Matt Smith.

Murphy said, “Think of the sacrifices they have given. Think of how they have come before the guns of battle and put on our nation’s uniform.”

“Those who made the ultimate sacrifice, our words will never be enough to thank them,” said Smith.

About 8,500 service men and women are buried at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.