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Cemetery ceremony set for Sunday


Fri, May 24th 2024 09:30 am

By Russ Piper

Village of Lewiston Historian

Hello everyone! I cordially invite to join in on the Capt. Van Cleve and veterans memorial monument on Sunday. The dedication of Van Cleves’ markers will be in the old cemetery right next to the old church at noon. It will be an unveiling of the grave markers they never received upon their deaths in 1886 and 1888. Wheatfield historian Justin Higner will portray Capt. Van Cleve and tell the background story of the Van Cleves with the ceremonial wreath-laying ceremony. Claudia Werth Carnes will portray the widow, Rev. Mrs. Smith, mourning the Van Cleves and the veterans who have gone before us.

Following at 1 p.m., down below in the Oakwood section, will be the dedication and blessing of the veterans memorial flagpole and memorial bench. Rev. Dr. Joyce Serianni will be presiding once more at my request for the blessing and dedication ceremony. The VFW Honor Guard will be present for the raising of the colors ceremony and dedication, accompanied by a wreath-laying ceremony to honor all of our veterans – past, present, and those who will serve in the future years to come.

There will be two memorial trees planted in the near future to add color and beauty to the grounds. Jim Farchione of Niagara Monument Works has graciously worked with me with my budget and has donated the praying child statue who will forever pray for all veterans. I have worked tirelessly volunteering my time to clean and restore the cemetery the past three years for residents and visitors alike to explore the grounds.

Amidst all of this, I have been searching out and acquiring even more Lewiston-related artifacts for the museum collection (at the Red Brick). I also have received some donations of Lewiston history from a few residents for display and preservation. There are some new additions in the main hallway, as well.

Look forward to seeing everyone for the dedication and acknowledgement of the generous donors who have made my veterans project a reality. 

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