Brooklyn Cemetery Honors Civil War Vets On Memorial Day

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A Brooklyn cemetery has commemorated Memorial Day by remembering the nation’s Civil War veterans, both Union and Confederate, who are buried there.

WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola reports

Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, where there are at least 4,600 Civil War veterans buried, remembered the fallen on the 150th Anniversary of the start of the Civil War and Memorial Day.

“These are men and women who sacrificed tremendously during the Civil War. Some of whom gave their lives, some of whom lost limbs, some of whom were disabled for the rest of their lives to serve their country,” said Jeff Richman, historian at the cemetery.

Descendants of the veterans joined Civil War re-enactors for a Memorial Day honor march, featuring artillery and musket salutes, and reading of names.

The commemorations will wrap up Monday afternoon with a concert of music written by composers buried at the cemetery.

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