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The Forgotten Few: A Veterans Remembrance Ceremony


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May
27

May 27

1:00 pm

Davenport City Cemetery, 1625 Rockingham Rd. Davenport, IA

On May 27 at the Davenport City Cemetery, we will dedicate the headstones and celebrate the gallant service of 22 Quad Cities Civil War and Spanish-American War veterans who have lain in unmarked graves for over 100 years.

 

Event Details

Master of Ceremonies, Scott Tunnicliff of the Hilltop Campus, will preside over the event with musical performances by: The Blackhawk Pipes & Drums of the Quad Cities, Don Mitchem (singer), and Matthew Hartmann (playing Taps). Guest speaker will be Jason Morin, ASC Deputy Asst Historian, Rock Island Arsenal. An Honor Guard from the Arsenal will present  the colors and a 21 gun salute will be fired by the Bluegrass American Legion Post 711 to help commemorate the occasion.

Flag drape ribbons will be presented to organizations in attendance and individual keepsake ribbons will be handed out to all attendees. Light refreshments will be served.

Background

Remarkably, 21 of the Quad Cities Civil War and Spanish-American War veterans have lain in unmarked graves for over 100 years. In addition to Scott County's first fallen officer in the war of the rebellion (1861-1865), German-born Lt. Col. Augustus Wentz, many of these soldiers were immigrants that helped improve the early diversity of Davenport and the Quad Cities.

An 1870 Memorial Day newspaper article reports that cemetery visitors tried to decorate some of the soldier's graves but found them unmarked. Researchers discovered this was never remedied when they determined headstones were absent from many veteran's graves at the Davenport City Cemetery.

Because of their valiant service, these soldiers were due a proper headstone. After making the proper applications, the VA provided these men with granite grave markers. On May 27, 2017 we will dedicate the headstones and celebrate the gallant service of these veterans.

The event is sponsored by the Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society, Northwest Davenport Turner Society, the Scott County Historic Preservation Society, Runge Mortuary, St. Ambrose University Veterans Services, American Legion Auxiliary Post 26, Schutzenpark Gilde, American Schleswig/Holstein Heritage Society, Art Monuments In Stone, Gerald and Marcia J. Gray Lossing, the German American Heritage Center, Davenport Parks and Recreation Dept., Rock Island Arsenal, Hy-Vee, Mid-American Glass, Inc., and Rock Island Paranormal. 

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