Farmington's Patriotic Day group seeks Civil War descendants
Farmington’s annual Patriotic Day ceremony always honors veterans. This year, though, none of the featured veterans will be able to participate in the program.
That’s because the 2014 Patriotic Day ceremony is highlighting veterans from the Civil War. It’s a different spin on the ceremony, which has in recent years featured veterans from World War II, the Korean War and, last year, Vietnam.
Veterans of those conflicts were able to attend, but there are no Civil War veterans left to attend this year’s event. Committee members hope there are a few descendants of Farmington’s Civil War veterans around, and that those family members will step forward for this year’s celebration.
The United States was not so united 150 years ago, when the Civil War was in its third year of battle. This year’s Patriotic Day ceremony, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8, falls one day short of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s election to his second term of office. Another six months of battle would follow before the Confederate forces surrendered in May of 1865.
In the years to follow, several of the Union soldiers and their families would find their way to a new community in Minnesota, called Farmington.
It’s been nearly 100 years since the last of Farmington’s Civil War veterans passed away, but Patriotic Day committee members hope some of their ancestors are still around to share their stories.
“The committee decided to highlight Farmington’s contribution,” said committee member Barb Pierce. “We thought it would be nice to see if we can find any families of (those soldiers) still in the area. We would like to hear from them.”
Committee members will check with the Corinthian, Farmington Lutheran, St. Michael’s and Castle Rock cemeteries to see if they can locate some of the area’s Civil War veterans. But they hope to hear of any family stories handed down over the years, as well.
Anyone who has information or a family member from the Civil War is can call Pierce at Farmington Community Education. Her number is 651-460-3203.