Today I attended a lovely ceremony at Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio for a Civil War Gravestone Dedication and Memorial Service. It was complete with a color guard, Civil War reenactors, and a volley salute. The weather was perfect too, some of the coolest weather (still around 80) that the Columbus area has seen in six weeks.
The event occurred as a result of the new headstones at the cemetery. Last month, over 30 volunteers helped to install 26 headstones for Civil War Soldiers who never had stones before. It was a massive project undertaken by Amanda Nelson, a member of the Civil War 150 Corps of the Ohio History Service Corps, and a dedicated group of volunteers including area high school students. The project began with an immense amount of research to discover who these men were and to mark their final resting places. You can read more about the project here: Headstones installed on unmarked veteran plots.
Here are some pictures from the day:
Amanda hopes to continue this project not just in Columbus, but throughout Ohio. Next week I will be moving back to Rhode Island, and it is something I am going to look into there as well. The rules of applying for stones has gotten harder, but our veterans deserve to have headstones and that fact is certainly worth the effort.