A Duty Fulfilled

Today I was a witness to a duty fulfilled.  A Hero, a Marine, a Medal of Honor recipient was finally recognized for his service to our country 119 years after he passed on to his just rewards.  For all of those years he rested in an unmarked grave.  Unnoticed, all but forgotten, invisible to any casual visitor at the cemetery where he was interred.

Today that changed.  Through the efforts of the United States Marine Corps League and a host of other veteran and patriotic organizations, United States Marine Private Henry A. Thompson was finally recognized for his heroic actions in the closing days of the Civil War.  A headstone, donated by the Kennedy Roth Funeral Home and inscribed with the names of Private Thompson and his family who are interred with him, was finally unveiled upon his final resting place.  A twenty-one gun salute, presentation of the colors, placement of wreaths and hearty renditions of the National Anthem, God Bless America and the Marine Corps Hymn served notice that here lay a hero who would be remembered.

My pictures of the day are here.

For more Information on Private Thompson go here.
For more Information on the Assault on Fort Fisher go here.

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