Monday, November 28, 2011

Military Monday - 110 year error put right. Finally !!

A late update from Sylvan Cemetery, but as you can see from the story too, better late than never at all.

Jim Monteton, long time resident & neighborhood leader in Citrus Heights, found that a number of Civil War Veterans buried in our local cemetery - Sylvan Cemetery - were buried without headstones. A small flimsy metal piece was left as a marker waiting for a headstone that never arrived. Jim took it upon himself to go through the process, the paper maze through the Department of Veteran Affairs to get one headstone (at first)....

(for the whole story see October postings)
On September 3, 1901, Theodore Collins Fitch died. He was a veteran of the American Civil War and had served from the beginning in 1861 all the way to its conclusion in 1865. He served in the 6th Ohio Infantry and the 121st Ohio Infantry, rising from private to the rank of Captain by war's end. He was laid to rest in the Sylvan Cemetery in Citrus Heights, California.
On Saturday 29th of October 2011 the headstone was put in place, Citrus Heights Police Department Honor Guard presentation, "6" Gun Salute by the Sons of the Union Veterans, lone Bagpipper, celebatory wreaths and the 'grieving' widow (just to complete the picture), Channel 3 taping, hundred or more spectators plus Citrus Heights City Leaders and County Representative attending.

Now paperwork will be started for the other dozen or so Civil War Veterans butied in Sylvan Cemetery that also did not receive their proper headstones.

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