Eastern National recently provided support for a Saturday-evening lecture series held at Shepherd University. The series, titled “Remembering the Fallen – The Service and Sacrifice of the American Soldier,” commemorated the 150th anniversary of Antietam National Cemetery and was co-sponsored by Eastern National, the National Park Service, and Shepherd University. The lectures, which were free and open to the public, led up to this year’s 155th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Antietam.
Dr. Edward Linenthal (pictured above) presented the first lecture, which was titled “Sacred Ground: Americans and Their Battlefields: An Illustrated Lecture.” The second lecture, titled “Over There and Back: The American Doughboy Experience During the Great War,” was presented by Dr. Mitchell Yockelson. The third and final lecture in the series was presented by Dr. John C. McManus. This lecture was titled “The Fallen American Soldiers of World War II: Their World of Combat.” The first and third lectures were carried on C-SPAN.
“This extremely successful speaker series would not have been possible without the direct support of Eastern National and our EN store sales team,” said Keith Snyder, chief of resource education and visitor services. “Bringing in top scholars from across the country through our partnership was critical to our 150th anniversary programming and the remembrance of 5,000 servicemen and women who are buried in our national cemetery.” A variation of this event is already being planned for 2018.
Photo: Pictured from left to right: Dr. Susan Trail, Antietam National Battlefield superintendent; Hunter Parrish, EN store associate; Graham Blair, EN store associate; Dr. Edward Linenthal, author of Sacred Ground: Americans and Their Battlefields; Cullen Byers, EN store associate; and Keith Snyder, Antietam National Battlefield chief of resource education and visitor services at the first of three lectures held during the Antietam National Cemetery lecture series. Photo courtesy NPS.
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