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Memorial Day In Cordova, IL: Remembering Civil War Veterans

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Cordova is a small town of just about 700 people, but in their cemetery is 192 veterans, 46 of them from the Civil War.

American Legion Post 1033 historian, Morris McLaughlin told us about those men and others... taking us past their headstones and remembering their stories and sacrifices.

"The history is phenomenal, if they could talk... We talk to them, we salute them when we put these flags out," said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin shared a little piece of that history today with stories passed down from fellow veterans and families.

"When the Civil War started in Cordova, there was a little path going between up and down the river," said McLaughlin. "The railroad wasn't even here, of course 84 wasn't built. These guys were all farm boys. They were 17 years old, they listed their occupation as 'farmer'."

Soldiers

he said who felt so strongly about their time in the military, they put it on their grave.

"The lower the number on the regiment, really the longer they were in," said McLaughlin. "He joined early in the war and when he was done, he was so proud he had the GAR, this is the symbol of the GAR, the Grand Army of the Republic."

McLaughlin said most of the veterans buried here went to war and came back to Cordova.

"The old saying, 'mother you should never see the sights that I have seen.' These guys did it and then they came back and now they're here, we honor them every year," said McLaughlin.

Some buried with family...

"Richard Ely senior, Richard Ely Jr. Richard Ely was in the Civil War, Richard Ely Jr. Was in WWI," said McLaughlin.

Others who may have been separated...

"These three Civil War veterans are buried by themselves, which kind of tells me they were alone, but they're still remembered," said McLaughlin.

And while a day of remembrance, also a day to thank those who served...like this veteran, decorated with 3 bronze stars and 2 purple hearts.

"Thank those who have been in the military and appreciate what they've done," said John Henyan, Vietnam Veteran and apart of American Legion Post 1033.

And those still enlisted...

"I am just so thankful for all of our military and pray that those that are overseas can come home soon," said military mom Cheryl Lennox.

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