Main Marker:Honoring those who served in the American Revolution For eight years from 1775 until 1783 American Patriots flocked to the cause of liberty and independence. From Lexington & Concord to the winters at Morristown, Middlebrook and Valley Forge, General Washington led his troops and militia to final military victory at Yorktown on October 17, 1781. Perhaps the most famous of battles occurred at Trenton when Washington crossed the Delaware River on Christmas Eve of 1776 and defeated the Hessians there.
In Honor and Memory of all the Men and Women of Branchburg who proudly served our country in the armed forces of the United States of America.
In recognition of the Branchburg Veterans Memorial Committee.
Dedicated November 11, 2000
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Civil War Marker:Honoring those who served in the Civil War, 1861-1865Abraham Lincoln called this nation "a house divided". The Civil War divided our nation and took more American lives than any war in history. It began when Southern troops fired on Fort Sumter on April 19, 1861. It was generally agreed that Americans had much in common, but the free and slave states also had more basic differences besides slavery. The turning point of the Civil War came about after the Southern Army of Virginia engaged the Union Army at Gettysburg on July 1-3, 1863, suffering terrible losses. Following the South's retreat from Gettysburg, never again was the Confederate Army able to mount a major offensive against the North. General Robert E. Lee surrendered his ragged army to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia on April 19, 1865.
World War I Marker:In memory of all World War I veteransIt was known as the Great War ... the war to end all wars.
We went "over there" to the songs and cheers of our countrymen, and marched right into the grim reality of twentieth century warfare. Poison gas, machine guns, tanks, aircraft and submarines were devastating innovations. We fought in trenced, on the sea and in the air.
We helped make the world safe for democracy ... but it was only the beginning.
World War II Marker:In memory of all World War II veterans This memorial is in honor of all the World War II veterans who were involved in the fight fo the freedom of America and the free world.
Whether the fought in the Pacific or European theater, they faced a resolute and often brutal enemy; yet they possessed the inner strength and courage that kept them going on the beaches of Normandy, in the deserts of North Africa and on the islands of the South Pacific.
The actions of those who were called to duty were probably best described by the words of Admiral Nimitz: "Uncommon valor was a common virtue."
Korean War Marker:In memory of all Korean War veteransThey told us, "We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it." So we fought in the mountains on Heartbreak Ridge and waded ashore at Inchon.
We froze in the winter and baked in the summer sun.
At times, we were greatly outnumbered; but we still fought on and many of us gave our lives for Freedon ... for Justice ... and for Peace.
Vietnam Marker:In memory of all Vietnam veteransThis memorial was erected in memeory of the young individuals who went to war as kids and lost their youthful dreams, and some their lives, for a cause - freedom and honor - and came back as men with the horrors of was instilled in every fiber of their being and were never given the respect and honor they so dearly deserved from the public or the United States government.
God will one day judge our actions. Until then, He will shine on the lives of each veteran now and forever, more because He was with each of them in Vietnam. He is the only one that truly knows what they went through and are living with every day.