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Glendale Cemetery’s 175th anniversary to be celebrated May 30

5/8/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

Fellow citizens: This year marks the 175th anniversary of Glendale Cemetery, a historical landmark, architectural treasure and final resting place of Akron’s forefathers.

We honor those buried within our hallowed grounds, and especially pay tribute to all U.S. military service men and women interred at Glendale Cemetery, from every war, beginning with the American Revolutionary War.

To mark this occasion, we invite you to participate as we honor our past this coming Decoration Day, May 30.

A horse-drawn funeral procession with The Billow Co. funeral coach transporting the coffin of a Union soldier, with horse-drawn carriages and Civil War re-enactors, will depart Perkins Square (West Bowery Street at Akron Children’s Hospital) at 10:45 a.m. This solemn procession will proceed from West Bowery Street to West Exchange Street and enter Glendale Cemetery at the West Exchange Street gate, proceeding through the cemetery, ending at the Civil War Memorial Chapel.

A ceremony marked with music and a tableau of the “Story of Glendale Cemetery” will begin at 11:30 a.m. Actors in period costumes portraying Dr. Jedidiah Commins, Brevet Maj. Gen. Alvin Coe Voris, Mary Ingersoll Tod Evans and Col. Simon Perkins will speak.

Following the ceremony, at the noon hour, lunch will be served featuring a menu authentic to the occasion.

We chose to memorialize a Union soldier, on Decoration Day, in commemoration of all soldiers buried at Glendale Cemetery.

To perpetuate this, our 175th year, we have begun in earnest to raise the necessary funds to renovate the Bell Tower, just north of the Civil War Memorial Chapel, constructed in 1883. Once again the bell will toll as a loved one is laid to rest, or there is cause for national celebration, as in years past.

“Never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

Please join us in this historic journey.

Gregory Bean, president, Friends of Glendale Cemetery Board of Trustees, and Michael Stark and Mary Stark, co-chairs of the 175th Anniversary Committee

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