Memorial Day Ceremony

Concordia Cemetery, 2012

For the past two years we have been honored to receive an invitation from the Colonel Weber SUVCW Camp #44 to participate in rededicating a grave of a fallen Civil War soldier or sailor.  Our thanks go out to the Camp, the other volunteers and most importantly- to the men and women who are interred at Concordia Cemetery that sacrificed so much so long ago.

Mrs. Cheryl Ball was kind enough to allow the Engineers to pose for some portrait photos at the gravesite.  Here we are joined by our friends and fellow reenactors Tom Schobert and Hank Pogodzinski.




Concordia is among the oldest cemeteries in Buffalo.  It contains the graves of over 250 veterans, 125 of whom fought in the Civil War.

Along with us, the procession included members of the 155th NYVI, and 49th NYV, both of whom originated in Buffalo. The procession was led by the Union Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps.

A wreath, flowers and a flag were laid at the foot of the grave of Perez Gooding, Ensign USN.

Rest on Arms is carried out by the Civil War reenactors present as the Sea Cadet Color Guard observes.


Several martial sings were performed by the excellent musicians of the Union Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps.

Bill Christiansen, in the background, was officer of the day and coordinated activities.  Corporal Raymond Ball (US Engineers) was bugler and led taps.  Bill Tojek aka Colonel Weber, was Master of Ceremonies for the service.  We were joined by the Sea Cadets whose commander's name  I regrettably have forgotten.

Co. A US Engineers stands at attention with the 155th NYVI.



1Sgt. Ray Ball salutes during taps while standing guard over the grave.



This sketch was done by Pvt. Parker Ball in his spare time between drills.  It may be time to train the private to be our cartographer.



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