Soldier at rest

The Nodaway County Historical Society Museum on Saturday will host a presentation focused on the gravesites and biographies of Civil War veterans buried at Maryville’s Oak Hill Cemetery. The event is one of several Memorial Day weekend events around the area, including Monday’s annual observance and wreath-laying at the Nodaway County Courthouse and numerous cemetery ceremonies to be conducted on Sunday. Pictured is the Oak Hill grave marker of Capt. Cyrus A. Anthony, 1839-1926, who served in Company B of 51st Illinois Infantry.

In addition to the traditional Memorial Day ceremony Monday on the west lawn of the Nodaway County Courthouse, the upcoming holiday weekend will also include a round of cemetery commemorations on Sunday as well as a Saturday program focusing on the gravesites of local Civil War Veterans hosted by the Nodaway County Historical Society.

The Civil War presentation will take place at 2 p.m. at the society’s museum, located at 110 N. Walnut Street.

During the afternoon, George Gille, a retired Northwest Missouri State University professor and “find a grave” enthusiast, will display a collection of photographs featuring the approximately 50 Civil War grave markers at Maryville’s Oak Hill Cemetery.

Gille’s talk will also include biographical information about selected local veterans of the 1860s conflict between North and South, including research into their wartime experiences.

Also on the program is Bob Bohlken, another Northwest emeritus professor, who will discuss the lives of Civil War veterans Byron Dunn, Albert Morehouse and George Vaughn.

Bohlken’s book, “The Civil War: Missouri and Nodaway County,” will be available at the free event in return for an $8 donation to the society.

Monday’s courthouse ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and will be presented jointly by veterans’ organizations from across Nodaway County.

Again this year, members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will post the colors and offer a rifle salute honoring those who have died while serving their nation in uniform.

The ceremony will also include a wreath-laying, patriotic music and the sounding of “Taps” and will be followed by a ham-and-bean luncheon at the American Legion Post 100 hall at 1104 E. Fifth Street.

Some seating will be available at the courthouse, but those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Sunday ceremonies at a dozen area cemeteries will be conducted by American Legion Post 464 of Conception Junction at the following locations and times:

9:30 a.m., St. Columba Cemetery, Conception; 10 a.m., Swinford Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa; 10:30 a.m., Barnard Cemetery, Barnard; 10:50 a.m., Weathermon Cemetery, Guilford; 11 a.m., Graves Cemetery, Guilford; 11:30 a.m., High Ridge Cemetery, Stanberry; 11:40 a.m., Mount Calvary Cemetery, Stanberry; 12:15 p.m., Oak Lawn Cemetery, Ravenwood; 12:30 p.m., Parnell Cemetery, Parnell; 1:15 p.m., Nodaway Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Maryville; 1:35 p.m., St. Mary’s Cemetery, Maryville; 1:50 p.m., St. Patrick Cemetery, Maryville.  

Memorial Day is a federal holiday honoring soldiers, sailors and airmen who died in time of war and is observed each year on the last Monday in May.

Formerly known as Decoration Day, the observance originated after the American Civil War as local communities began conducting ceremonies in both the North and South.

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Staff writer Anthony Brown can be reached at tbrown@maryvilledailyforum.com or by calling the newspaper at 660.562.2424.

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