December 18, 2014

Civil War veterans honored at Clayton Township Cemetery

Tim Barnum
Civil War reenactors fire their guns into the air during a salute to the four Union soldiers honored May 31.
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Kathi Benchley, the great-great-granddaughter of Charles Hamlin, places a flag at his grave.
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Karen Trombley, Charles Hamlin's great-great-granddaughter, sets a laurel at his grave.
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Bill Blackmore reads the biography of Luther Johnson.
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Clayton Township Supervisor Raymond Daniels shares the biography of Alva Scofield.
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George Fish's biography is read by Peggy Burtch.
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Union solider reenactors stand at rest during the burial ceremony.
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Trudy Dittenber and Julie Shorkey read Charles Hamlin's biography.
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Paul Davis, Sons of Union Veterans Department Commander, and Charles Buckhahn, Department Chaplain, lead the Civil War burial ceremony.
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State Rep. Joel Johnson shares a few words about the importance of honoring veterans.
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A rifle salute to fallen soldiers is performed by veterans prior to the Civil War ceremony.
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Chaplain Donald Rashotte and Acting Commander Marty Metiva lead the modern veteran memorial ceremony.
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Veterans march toward the Clayton Township veterans memorial.
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a large crowd listens at Clayton Township Supervisor Raymond Daniels describes how the program will be conducted.
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Civil War reenactors climb off a horse-drawn carriage.
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A horse-drawn carriage carries reenactors toward the ceremony location at the cemetery.
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A large crowd gathered May 31 to honor Luther Johnson, George Fish, Alva Scofield and Charles Hamlin - four Civil War veterans buried at the Clayton Township Cemetery. Prior to Saturday, the four Union soldiers had been buried without proper Civil War markers, which were obtained by Clayton Township resident Sandra Bowen. Local veterans from the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars post conducted a modern memorial ceremony, and then the Bay County chapter of Sons of Union Veterans performed a Civil War burial ritual. Biographies of Johnson, Fish, Scofield and Hamlin were red aloud during the ritual.

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