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STIRRING CEREMONY PAYS HONOR TO THE GAR

On Sunday, August 16th a ceremony was held at Hillside Cemetery honoring the accomplishments of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR).  The GAR was formed after the Civil War, and helped promote resting homes for soldiers and fought for their pensions. This stirring ceremony included Civil War reenactors as well as several local residents dressed in period clothing. Leading off the ceremony American Legion Post 690, along with Civil War reenactors from Taylor’s Battery, presented our nations colors.  American Legion Chaplain Seick gave a moving invocation, highlighting those who have paid the ultimate price.  Cemetery Committee Chairman Terry Kelly, acting as the Master of Ceremonies, held a drawing for a US flag that was flown over our Nation’s Capital.  The winning ticket was drawn by Supervisor Langlotz-Johnson. Next, Township Supervisor Langlotz-Johnson gave some background on the soldiers buried in the GAR plot.  Following the Supervisor’s speech Palatine Historical Society President Joe Petykowski gave some further detail to the many accomplishments of the GAR.  The key note address was delivered by Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz.  The Mayor particularly noted the many young people in the crowd, and how important it is for them to embrace our local history. The ceremony concluded with a 21 gun salute from the Legion along with several firings of a Civil War era cannon by Taylor’s Battery with taps then being played by Bobby Kelly. At the outset Chairman Kelly thanked the many groups that made this ceremony memorable.  They are: Palatine Park District, Palatine Historical Society, Palatine Township Road District, Village of Palatine, American Legion Post 690, Taylor’s Battery, Kinsch Village Florist and the Township Cemetery Committee.  True hometown pride was shown by one and all.

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