Naval Lantern returns to W’loo Civil War Memorial

Recently, the American Civil War Memorial received its’ Naval Lantern after an absence due to vandalism. The original lantern was donated carried by the late Dale Theetge, a member of the Sons of the Union Veterans and the New York 7th Cavalry reenactor groups, in the annual Illumination Ceremony. When it was vandalized, Theetge took it home and repaired it before his death.Recently it was returned to the Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War Mary Gahan Tent #109, who tend the American Civil War Memorial. At its April meeting, the Daughters returned the lantern to its nook in the Memorial’s wall. The DUVCW tent is preparing for a wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial at 9:45 am Sunday, May 27, during the Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day weekend events. All are welcome to attend. The Memorial is located at the corners of Locust and Washington Streets in the village, which is the Birthplace of Memorial Day.The 13th annual Celebrate Commemorate event will be held May 25-27 in Waterloo, the Birthplace of Memorial Day. For more information about the events, go to www.waterloony.com.The 146th consecutive commemoration of Memorial Day will be on Wednesday, May 30. It will include prayer services, and the official Memorial Day parade at 6 pm coordinated by the VFW.

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