Civil War graves to be dedicated
Updated: October 29, 2012 1:58AM
INDIAN HEAD PARK — The graves of 11 veterans of the Civil War will receive long overdue recognition during a ceremony at Lyonsville Cemetery on Sept. 8.
Members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War local camp General Sheridan No. 2 will conduct a ceremony honoring the men, who enlisted at Lyonsville Church in 1862 and served in the Union Army’s Illinois 127th regimen.
White marble markers were placed on the graves several months ago. At 2 p.m. on Sept. 8, those graves will be properly dedicated with a ceremony, wreath laying and proper salute, said Alice Latham of the Flagg Creek Heritage Society.
“It’s been in planning for a year now,” Latham said.
She said Steven Westlake, commander of the local Sons of Union Veterans organization, is responsible for much of the research that went into finding the previously unmarked graves.
Local Boy Scouts and American Legion Post 1941 will participate, along with the Lyonsville Church Choir, which will sing Civil War-era hymns.
Members of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War and the heritage society will dress in Civil War uniforms for the occasion.
The public is invited to this Civil War commemoration. For more information, call (708) 839-9616 or (708) 246-3615.
Lyonsville Cemetery is located at the southwest corner of Wolf and Joliet roads, Indian Head Park. Members of the Flagg Creek Heritage Society will be on hand following the ceremony for cemetery tours and questions.