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Cermonies to dedicate Civil War Memorial in W’loo

Two ceremonies will mark the dedication of the American Civil War Memorial Sept. 19 and 20. The memorial, on Lock Island adjacent to the Cayuga-Seneca Canal and off Washington Street, honors the men and women who died in the Civil War. On Friday, Sept. 19, Bill Holmes, historian and a member of the planning committee, will be master of ceremonies for an illumination ceremony at 7 p.m. that will pay tribute to the 57 men from Waterloo who died in the conflict. School children will carry luminaries down Vern’s Way to the memorial, and will place one at the foot of each of the cenotaphs that make up the memorial. Keynote address will be delivered by George Shadman, Waterloo native and author of “They Marched on Richmond.” Committee chair Caren Cleaveland will offer opening remarks before the raising of the 1865 American flag by the Gettysburg Blues color guard. Seneca Sound Waves will perform musical selections of the period. The poem, “The Roll Call” and General Logan’s Order #11, which established Memorial Day, will be recited. Benediction will be by Chaplain Chuck Nightengale of the Waterloo VFW and American Legion. The ceremony will conclude with musket and cannon firing by members of 148th New York Volunteers and Reynolds L Battery and the playing of “Taps” by Douglas Smith of Ovid VFW Post 8200. The formal dedication ceremony will be on Saturday, Sept. 20, following the parade down Main Street that steps off at 2 p.m. Bill Knowlton, well known as host of the Bluegrass Ramble on public television, will be master of ceremonies. Memorial designer Pietro del Fabro and committee chair Caren Cleaveland will speak before the unveiling of the star stone by members of the American Civil War committee. The Excelsior Cornet Band will play “God Save the South” and “Yankee Doodle” before remarks by John Baylis as Gen. Robert E. Lee and Edward Huff as Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. They will unveil the north-south cenotaph. President Abraham Lincoln will deliver an address accompanied by Dan Palmer. The keynote address will be given by professor Frank Varney. Ben Maryniak as Chaplain Philos Cook will deliver the benediction. The Excelsior Cornet Band will perform “Tent Time Tonight” and “Taps” to close the ceremony. A full schedule of activities is planned for the weekend, including a Sunday morning Civil War era worship service at the Memorial. For more information, go to www.americancivilwarmemorial.com.

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