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For Armed Forces Day, new grave markers recognize Civil War soldiers

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Matt Vande Bunte
The Grand Rapids Press
May 17, 2008

GRAND RAPIDS -- The engraving on the old headstone showed his name was "Francis --" and it was clear he was a "U.S. soldier." But there was nothing else about the man who is one of 66 Civil War veterans buried in a plot at Oakhill Cemetery.

medium_graves17New headstones: Marcia Butgereit places American flags on the graves of Civil War veterans in Oak Hill Cemetery on Friday afternoon.

The stone is one of 23 new grave markers being rededicated today, Armed Forces Day, in a 10 a.m. ceremony at the cemetery, 647 Hall St. SE. Nine of the stones, like Darling's, are replacements for originals that lacked vital information or had become illegible. The other 14 replace stones that never even had a name.

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