Preserving the Past  -  Planning the Future
Wright Township
Ottawa County, Michigan
Special Event
The Vertans Headstone Dedication Service for Union Soldiers of the Civil War was held on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at the Marne Cemetery, on Hayes Street. 

"Pillars of Honor" works with the John A. Logan Camp 1 Sons of Union Veterans of Grand Rapids to hold a very solemn and dignified service to honor specifically unmarked graves of Union veterans of the Civil War. 

The ceremony was performed graveside of
Pvt. John Cheney, Plot 110W, and
made mention of ALL the unmarked
graves and replacement stones being
honored that day.  There are five Civil War
veterans, at rest in the Marne Cemetery,
that had no headstones.

The Camp 1 Sons of Union Veterans
were dressed in Civil War military uniforms.  They performed the ceremony by placing symbolic tokens at the graves, and, firing a salute using Civil War rifles.  Not knowing if the veterans ever had a funeral service, it was all done in a very solemn atmosphere. 

We extend a special thank you to the Marne American Legion Post #376, whose benevolence saw to the payment, for time and materials, in placing the new headstones, and, to Ben Looks, Sexton of Wright Township, who oversaw their placement.  White roses will be laid at the graves where headstones were placed, or replaced, in conjunction with this project. 

For more information about Civil War veterans in Wright Township cemeteries, please click the star: 
Marne American Legion
Post 376 Color Guard
Participants in Dedication:
Marcia Butgereit - President , Champlin Corps No. 41, Women's Relief Corps
Bruce Butgereit - Memorials Officer - Gen John A Logan Camp No 1, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Judy Hull - President - Stephen Prestion Chapter  U.S. Daughters of 1812

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Guard of Honor
Marne American Legion
Post 376
Bruce Butgereit II
Third Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Co K
Rylan Vasques
Guard, Gen. John A. Logan Camp No 1
Members of the Wright Township Community Witnessing the Dedication Service
Tim Sobie, Marne American Legion Post 376, plays Taps.