Boy Scouts Express Devotion in Abbottstown

One hundred fifty six years ago, President Abraham Lincoln told loyal Americans that “To the great task remaining before us that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure devotion.”

Today, those words long ago addressed by Lincoln to a country riven with partisan rancor are still taken to heart, by the Boy Scouts of Troop 127 of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Abbottstown. On a rainy Dec. 14, they laid wreaths on 78 veteran graves in the graveyard that borders the church in rural Adams County some 17 miles from the spot Lincoln asked for that increased devotion.