A new generation of Pilgrimmers is beginning to make their mark on the American landscape and their memories will never be forgotten, a new generation member of the Pilgrim Heritage Association says.
The PHA, which is comprised of thousands of Pilgrim families and their descendants, hosted a panel discussion Tuesday evening to share its thoughts on the future of the memorials in the country’s oldest cemetery.
The memorial halls in the Pilgreth, Ohio, cemetery have served as a destination for pilgrims for generations, but in recent years they have been increasingly targeted by the Trump administration for being a magnet for foreign visitors.
The presidents of the PHA and the Pima County Historical Society, Robert and Carol Loy, discussed how the Pilgrys have become a target for the administration.
“The White House has made it very clear that the Pilgrim Memorial Halls are a place where they will come for free,” Robert Loy said.
“So there’s a lot of pressure on the Pilgarhs.
It’s not a question of whether the Pilgers are going to have to live with it or not, it’s whether the Pilgrim families will live with this.
We’ve seen the effect on them.
It really is a shame.”
In the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the PSA issued a statement in support of the president, saying, “The PHA stands with all of the families who have been affected by the President’s administration and will continue to do so.”