Thursday, November 10, 2016
The day dawned bright and warm, a perfect day to spend in Historic Laurel Hill.
At 10:00am, the annual Salute to the U.S. Marine Corps on its 241st Birthday took place at the grave and memorial to the 7th Commandant of the Marine Corps Brigadier General Jacob Zeilin.
A contingent of Marines from the 14th Marine Engineers from Folcroft, Delaware County and a number of citizens and veterans gathered to join in the observance, which co-sponsored by: the General Meade Society, Legion Post 405 of the Union League and the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery.
The keynote speaker was Marine veteran of Vietnam, Captain Terry Williamson, who is also the President of the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee. Terry spoke movingly about the Marines he served with in combat in Vietnam.
After the ceremony, the annual Veterans’ Day tour ‘Killed in Action’ was conducted for a dozen stalwarts. The group visited a number of graves of veterans interred at Laurel Hill who gave their supreme sacrifice for the nation from the Revolution to Vietnam. Members of the General Meade Society joined members of the United States Marine Corps, veterans and interested citizens in the celebration of the birthday of the Corps. Jacob Zeilin advocated the importance of the Marines to a congress desiring to eliminate it in 1775 and is buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery.