NEW MARKET, Va.(WHSV) — Hundreds gathered on Friday at New Market Battlefield to pay respects to former Secretary of the Army and Congressman John Marsh.
John O. "Jack" Marsh, Jr. was born in Winchester in 1926 and raised in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Family and friends came from across the country to remember Marsh's accomplished life of public service.
Dick Cheney, the Former Vice President of the United States, paid a visit to the valley as well to say goodbye to his longtime friend.
"He was a superb American, he was an amazing guy," said Cheney. "He cared very deeply about the country, about the United States Army. It was a very special love of his,"
Marsh was a World War II and Vietnam War veteran but his love for the Army started with New Market Battlefield.
Family members said when he was a child he became fascinated with the Civil War site and continued to learn its history.
Later on in life, Marsh would even become an instructor to Virginia Military Institute cadets on the orientation of the battlefield.
"This particular place was important to him for all of his life," Colonel Keith Gibson of VMI said. "When we were presented with the idea of this being his final resting place we felt that it was the appropriate honor."
Marsh's wife will later be moved next to his grave and a monument will be constructed dedicated to his life of service.
"Jack Marsh was always a great advocate of the lessons to be learned in this place," Col. Gibson said. "In a way, he will continue to welcome people here for all time as long as the park is here."