Monday, April 27, 2009

Hit-and-run Damages Historic Cemetery Gate at Gettysburg

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Gettysburg National Military Park
1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 100
Gettysburg, PA 17325
717/334-1124 phone
717/334-1891 fax

Gettysburg National Military Park News Release
For Release: April 27, 2009

Hit-and-run Damages Historic Cemetery Gate at Gettysburg

Gettysburg, PA, April 27, 2009. Park Rangers at Gettysburg National Military Park are asking the public for information about a hit-and-run accident that damaged the gate to the Soldiers’ National Cemetery on Baltimore Street late on the night of April 25 - 26, 2009.

Law Enforcement Rangers believe a car - possibly yellow in color - drove into the gate, damaging it and then drove away from the scene. They recovered part of a license plate holder at the scene that says “I’d rather be shopping.” The vehicle may show damage to the front end.

The damaged gate was on the left side of the Baltimore Street entrance to the Cemetery and has been temporarily removed for repairs. The historic iron fence gate is from the late 1930s. Repair costs are estimated at $2500.

Anyone with information is asked to call 717/ 334-0909.

The Soldiers’ National Cemetery is the burial site for more than 3,500 Union soldiers killed at Gettysburg in July 1863. President Abraham Lincoln dedicated the cemetery on November 19, 1863, with his immortal Gettysburg Address. The cemetery is the final resting place for veterans from the Civil War to the Vietnam War and is maintained by Gettysburg National Military Park.

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