The ceremony was held at
"It’s important that we recognize it was Native Americans, and African Americans, and white Americans that all participated in this war," said event organizer Thomas Riford.
Until this month, the cemetery did not have a memorial dedicated to the African American soldiers of the Civil War.
"So many people participated in the Civil War who were from here or who ended up here after the Civil War,” said Riford. “To finally have a monument dedicated to the memory of African American Civil War veterans is itself significant in our history."
The remembrance featured the unveiling of the new Lyon Post #31 memorial for African American Civil War veterans. In addition, there was a re-dedication of the
Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown spoke at the ceremony, and many audience members traveled to
"I…had an ancestor who was in the Civil War," said event participant Fred Clark of
The new memorial at