ANNVILLE, Pa., May 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Wolf, commander-in-chief of the 20,000-member Pennsylvania National Guard, served as guest speaker at the Pennsylvania Army National Guard's Annual 28th Infantry Division Memorial Service in Boalsburg May 21.
"We are here to remember and honor the 28th Infantry Division – one of the finest divisions in this country and the oldest active division in the Army," said Wolf. "The 28th Infantry Division – these 'men of iron' as General Pershing put it – have over and over again showed their commitment to the safety and security of the American people during World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Persian Gulf, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through all of those conflicts – the Iron Division has been there, fighting alongside our allies against chaos, dictatorship and atrocity, and fighting for our country."
The governor, who placed his hand over his heart as the 28th Infantry Division color guard passed in front of his reviewing stand, also assisted in laying a wreath to honor the fallen of the Division while the music of the Division Band added the perfect amount of pageantry to the service.
Governor Wolf closed his remarks by thanking 'his' troops for their selfless service to their community, commonwealth and country. "We cannot repay the debt that we owe to them, but through services like this one, we can show our appreciation for what they do – often without expectation of reward or recognition."
In addition to his remarks, the Governor and First Lady Frances Wolf, who also attended the service, spent a great deal of time meeting and talking one-on-one with guardsmen, Gold Star Families, and veterans about their hometowns, lives, families, and thanking each of them for their service.
The members of the 28th Infantry Division were honored to stand with their commander-in-chief and true to their motto, they will continue to "Roll On!" in service to their community, commonwealth and country.
Photos from the memorial service can be viewed at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/the28idpao/albums/72157684149807855
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs