Finding myself in a place like Gettysburg PA for Memorial Day weekend was really exciting. I had done my homework so I already knew that they were having a Parade downtown and also that the National Cemetery would be decorated in flags. 6,000 individuals who served in a number of American wars, from the Mexican-American War to the present day are buried there. Out of these 3,512 Union soldiers are buried in the cemetery; of these, 979 are unknown.
Let me tell you that seeing that many flags is a bit overwhelming. Everywhere you looked was a flag. Knowing all those Union Soldiers were killed all around where we were was overwhelming. Knowing that the Rebel Soldiers are somewhere else buried all across the south.....Overwhelming..
So many men died in three short days.