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A visit to the Ike Farm
Fifty Ike Sailors traveled to the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Historic Site, or "Ike Farm," with the mission of restoration and preservation of Eisenhower's estate, October 30.
The sun glistened on the freshly applied white paint, rising steadily in a clear blue sky and over the flowing rows of ivory-colored fences. Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) dotted the grassy pasture, their conversations and laughter filling the crisp morning air of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
"We're here to help preserve and rehabilitate different parts of the farm, including the fences," said Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Ana Francisco, as the cows were mooing softly in the distance. "We have been painting, taking down old fences and just helping maintain this beautiful farm."
Before the volunteers spent two days hard at work at the farm, painting and installing new fences, they started their trip with a guided tour of Ike's home and the Gettysburg Battlefield.
"You could feel all the history," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Senior Chief Scott Doty, lead coordinator for the Ike Farm Preservation Project. "Three hundred and fifty thousand people lost their lives during three days of fighting here. It gives me chills just realizing that so many people lost their lives fighting for what they believed in."
The tours provided an insight into what had happened in 1863 and many of the Sailors claimed they felt humbled to be working in such a historic area.