The Deerfield Presbyterian Church remembered United States veterans on Sunday by commemorating a new memorial in their cemetery.
The Witness Stone, which stands at 5’9″ — the height of the average adult male — is a rounded rectangular statue with religious crosses cut into it and mounted on a pentagon. Each side of the pentagon represents each of the five branches of the military.
The “Sword of Sacrifice,” a symbol seen often in WWII military cemeteries in Europe is engraved into the statue.
“(It) is a reminder that our peace comes through the ultimate sacrifice that men and women freely make in service and battle,” said the monument’s architect Joseph Moss in his narrative, according to The News of Cumberland County.
The stone also has a verse from the Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:18: “For everything there is a season, a time for war and a time for peace.”
A religious ceremony was held, followed by an outdoor ceremony to dedicated the memorial.