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    Sailors decorate cemetery for Memorial Day

    Sailors decorate cemetery for Memorial Day

    Photo By Petty Officer 1st Class Benjamin Dobbs | 210522-N-RB168-0215 PITTSBURGH, Pa. (May 22, 2021) – Jordan Jablonski, from South...... read more read more

    Volunteers from Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) Pittsburgh, and Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Pittsburgh joined members from throughout the community to decorate veteran gravesites at the Sewickley Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day weekend. More than 30 volunteers gathered to place flags at more than 1000 gravesites during the event coordinated by Vietnam Veterans of America. The group placed more than 1600 total flags at multiple cemeteries in the surrounding area over the course of the week.

    Retired Air Force Col. Bryan O’neill, a representative from American Legion Post 4, has participated in the event for the past 10 years and gave introductory remarks to kick off the ceremony.

    “I'm overwhelmed with the turnout this year,” O’neill said. “I mean it was amazing. The Navy guys in their uniforms were awesome. It's a great statement for your generation and the younger folks. It was all young people out here today and they were all willing and were ready to go put flags out.”

    Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class James Breiding, assigned to NTAG Pittsburgh, attended the event with his mother Janyce Dorwarth of, Martins Ferry, Ohio. Together they volunteered their time as a way to carry on their family’s military heritage.

    “It's always important to support the men and women who died for our country,” said Breiding. “I really encourage everyone to come out and to help us spread the word so everyone understands that they did make a big sacrifice.”

    Breiding, a graduate of Martins Ferry High School in Martins Ferry, Ohio, has served in the Navy for five years.

    “It was a tradition going through my family,” Breiding said. “Both my grandfathers served during Vietnam and one in Korea. During WWII my great grandfather was in the Army Air Corps so it’s always been important. My grandfathers always told me the stories about what they did and I kind of wanted to pursue the same path. I definitely wanted to better myself and serve my country.”

    Breiding’s mother, Janyce Dorwarth of, Martins Ferry, Ohio, attended to show she cares about veterans and their contributions.

    “My family is a very proud military family,” Dorwarth said. My dad always instilled values in us and to have respect for military, country and God. In our family that that was very important so it’s important to me to be out here to do this for everybody that fought for our country.”

    NTAG Pittsburgh’s role in national defense is to continue to man the Navy’s active and reserve components. NTAG Pittsburgh oversees Navy recruiting efforts over approximately 65,000 square miles of territory, across the states of Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, and Maryland.

Navy Recruiting Command consists of a command headquarters, three Navy Recruiting Regions, 26 NTAGs and 64 Talent Acquisition Onboarding Centers (TAOCs) that serve more than 1,000 recruiting stations around the world. Their mission is to attract the highest quality candidates to assure the ongoing success of America’s Navy.
For more news from Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, go to Follow Navy Recruiting on Facebook (, Twitter (@USNRecruiter) and Instagram (@USNRecruiter).



    Date Taken: 05.24.2021
    Date Posted: 05.24.2021 11:27
    Story ID: 397209
    Location: PITTSBURGH, PA, US 

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