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Maine Militia memorialized

"If we didn't have our traditions, our history, we would have nothing," said Brig. Gen. James D. Campbell, the Adjutant General for Maine. "Our sense of who we are as an organization, leadership examples to follow, and lessons we can learn from. Timeless traditions from places like this are just invaluable. You have to understand the past to improve the present." Campbell, along with Maj. Gen. Perry G. Smith, The Adjutant General for Alabama, Maine Governor Paul Lepage and Gen. Frank Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau attended a 150 commemorative ceremony on Little Round Top, Gettysburg, Pa. Servicemembers from Maine and Alabama talked about the past and present during the July 17 event where their predecessors had clashed 150 years ago in the Battle of Gettysburg.(Maine Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Angela Parady, 121st Public Affairs Detachment.)



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This work, Maine Militia memorialized [Image 2 of 4], by SGT Angela Parady, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:07.17.2013

Date Posted:07.29.2013 12:47

Photo ID:983519

VIRIN:130717-Z-SC231-248

Resolution:3872x2592

Size:5.98 MB

Location:GETTYSBURG, PA, USGlobe

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  • Gen. Frank Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau addresses more than 140 National Guard soldiers from Maine and Alabama during a ceremony held on Little Round Top in Gettysburg, Pa., July 17. The Guardsmen met to commemorate the soldiers from each state that died 150 years ago during the historic battle between the 20th Maine Infantry Regiment and the 15th Alabama Volunteer Infantry Regiment. "I encourage you to continue studying history, study as many of these individuals that fought here. Where they came from was the same place you came from. They were citizens, they were militia. You are citizens, you are militia and you continue to answer the call." (Maine Army National Guard photo by Spc. Adam Simmler, 121st Public Affairs Detachment.)
  • A fresh Maine balsam wreath adorns the monument to the 5th Maine Battery on cemetery ridge as it stands watch over the Gettysburg battlefield July 15. Similar wreaths lay on every monument to honor fallen Maine soldiers spread across the battlefield, as a symbol of the home they left behind. The wreaths were placed as part of a joint-state staff ride between Maine and Alabama held on the 150 year anniversary of the turning point in the Civil War. (Maine Army National Guard photo by Spc, Adam Simmler, 121st Public Affairs Detachment.)
  • Soldiers and airmen of the Maine National Guard stand and listen as Robert Hartwig, a historian with the National Park Service, tells the story of the 16th Maine Infantry Regiment's stand on Oak Ridge in Gettysburg, Pa., July 17. During the afternoon of July 1, 1863 the 16th Maine was given the order to hold their position at any cost, eventually there were overrun, but not before defending the withdrawal of more than 16,000 union troops from the advancing Confederate army. National Guardsmen from Maine joined with soldiers from Alabama in a staff-ride through the battlefield, learning about their state's role in the battle. (Maine Army National Guard photo by Spc. Adam Simmler, 121st Public Affairs Detachment.)
  • Maine Gov. Paul LePage and First Lady Ann LePage invited members of the Maine Military Funeral Honors Program to their home at the Blaine House, Wednesday Dec. 4 for a luncheon to celebrate their 10,000 ceremony. The Governor said he is proud of the work these men and women do in bringing honor to our veterans. “Maine has a long and proud history of service to the nation in times of peace and war,” he said.  “We pay tribute to the ones who put their needs second and the needs of all Americans first. We are a free people because of the bravery and dedicated service our military members give to our great nation.” (Maine Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Angela Parady, 121st Public Affairs Detachment.)

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