Letter:

Submitted photo
The grave of Joseph J. Riggs.
Submitted photo The grave of Joseph J. Riggs.

I am a local Morgantown nurse and member of our local American Legion. On Saturday, Dec. 13 I had the pleasure of attending once again “Wreaths Across America” at Fort Indiantown Gap, a national Pennsylvania Veterans Cemetery.

The day was very cold and started with an aircraft fly over, then a military ceremony honoring gold star mothers, (those mothers who have lost their sons in the line of duty). Opening remarks made by Brigadeer General George Schwartz and guest speaker Colonel Corey New, U.S. Army, was followed with the 21 gun salute and the playing of taps.

Then we were dispersed to various sections of the cemetery to lay the ceremonial wreaths. We were encouraged to take the time to reflect on just who that person may have been when we place the wreath. Perhaps take a picture and share on Facebook which I have done in the hopes someone may know him. I paused a moment, to say a prayer and thanked him for his service.

Someone mentioned that they thought this Korean War veteran, Joseph J. Riggs, was a local man to the Tri County area. Please if any one recognizes his name I would like to know and I am sure it would be a treasure to his family. Anyone with information can contact the editor of the paper Lisa Mitchell at editor@tricountyrecord.com.

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Many Thanks, Jan Creitz, Morgantown