September 21, 2010
Mr. Gregory C. Fajt, Chairman
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
P.O. Box 69060
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9060
Dear Chairman Fajt:
As veterans of the United States Armed Forces, we are writing to respectfully request that the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reject the Mason-Dixon, L.P. application to open a gaming facility ½ mile from Gettysburg National Military Park.
We are brothers-in-arms from World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as peace-time service. Together we are united in our support of preserving Gettysburg as it is – a shrine to American valor and sacrifice. We are not against a casino; rather, we are for Gettysburg. In the words of Maj. Gen. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, himself a veteran of the Battle of Gettysburg, “Those who fell here — those who have fallen before or since — those who linger, yet a little longer, soon to follow; all are mustered in one great company . . .”
Service to our nation is a tie that binds all generations of America’s fighting men and women — whenever and wherever they served. To ignore, dishonor or disrespect the service of the boys of 1861 in turn discredits our service.
We concur with the judgment of over 275 American historians who also voiced their concern for this project’s unavoidable conflict with Gettysburg’s place in American history. We stand on behalf of the millions of Civil War veterans who endured four harrowing years of combat, but are no longer with us to speak for themselves. As you would honor our service, we ask you to remember theirs.
Therefore, we request that you honor the sacrifices made by all of America’s veterans — and those who will answer the call in future generations — by rejecting this proposal.
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