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York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News photograph captures a memorable moment Sunday at Prospect Hill Cemetery. Here we have U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, in military uniform, handing a folded American flag Michelle Miller, second from left. Michelle Miller is the wife of Loganville Fire Company chief Rodney Miller, who died in the line of duty earlier this year. The moment was part of a Court of Valor observance, tied to Sept. 11, 2001. The Court of Valor bears the names of more than 300 military veterans who earned medals for valor or sacrifice. So the day was a moment in recognizing heroes in the emergency services and armed services.

This diorama of the Battle of Wrightsville, part of a museum in that York County, Pa., river town, shows Blue and Gray troop positions on Sunday, June 28, 1863. An audio presentation describing the diorama tells of the unknown black man killed in the Confederate assault on the Susquehanna River bridgehead. No monument stands to honor this Union defender. Interestingly, a grave marker for an unknown Rebel soldier was recently dedicated up river from Wrightsville. Interest is growing in a marker to recognize the Union defender.

This explosion and house fire along Carlisle Road last week captured the attention of the York community. The Dover Township, Pa., structure went up with no loss of life. It was next to a vet’s office – remembered by many as the former home of Waltermyer’s flooring – but no one and no pets were injured there either. This is not the first time a house exploded around York County.

A memorial garden featuring the names of firefighters and police officers who have died in the line of duty is to the right of the York County, Pa., emergency services building. The 911 center in Springettsbury Township is protected by a curved continuous concrete wall, between 18 and 24 inches wide.

The Burning Bridge Tavern in Wrightsville is named after the bridge that the Union Army burned to keep invading Confederates from crossing in the Civil War. The building, a longtime tavern, sustained its own fire in 2008.