With so many holidays from May to July honoring veterans, the flag and our country, it should be important for residents to remember all of our nation’s history. This includes the Civil War.
Recently, a contingent of volunteers took to Lake Forest Cemetery to tackle the restoration effort of the Civil War monument there.
The marble monument was built in Holland and moved to the Grand Haven cemetery around 1890, according to newspaper accounts.
Each year, veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic would meet near Grand Haven City Hall, then march to the cemetery to gather around the monument for
a Memorial Day service.
Before the restoration, the neglected monument was covered with mold, mildew and mossy growth.
While we all get caught up in shiny new monuments and ways to honor our modern-day veterans, and those who’ve given the ultimate sacrifice, we should not forget the ones who came before.
With a rededication taking place on Saturday, July 13, followed by a tour of graves of the soldiers who served at the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, this summer is the perfect time to reflect on how we achieved the freedom we enjoy today.
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