Illumination ceremony for Civil War veterans from county set for May 30

An illumination ceremony honoring the 217 Huntington County soldiers who died while serving in the Civil War will be held on Thursday, May 30, at General Slack Park in Huntington.

This is the third year for the ceremony, which is sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Champion Hill, Camp 17. The ceremony will begin at 8:40 p.m., but those attending are asked to arrive by 8:30 p.m.

The park where the ceremony will be held is host to a monument to the local Civil War soldiers. The park itself is named in honor of James R. Slack, who served as an officer during the Civil War, leaving the service as a major general.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony which will include music by the Erie Band and a welcome by Gib Young, senior vice commander of Camp 17. Camp Chaplain Jim Kline will provide the invocation and benediction, and Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters will speak to those in attendance.

Department Chaplain Rich McConnell will give the prayer as candles are lighted to honor the soldiers.