As I was walking about the cemetery this view caught my eye. From the American Civil War to the current conflicts. Both 39 years old. Further research shows both left behind wives and children.
Private Adam Loughner was from Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He was with the Union 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry, 163rd Volunteers, Company F. (See NPS Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System)
Staff Sargent Craig W. Cherry, US Army, Virginia Army National Guard 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 29th Infantry Division (Light Infantry) from Winchester, Virginia. (See Iraq War Heroes)
For me it was one of those thought provoking moments. Both soldiers, both the same age, both died for their country. They died 140 years apart but there's always that "what if" thought when anyone dies in their prime.
So to all the military personnel from the American Revolution to the current conflicts who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms all of us Americans enjoy today,
thank you and God speed.