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Veterans to be Honored at Historic Evergreen Cemetery

11/5/2018

The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) and Evergreen Cemetery Association of Gainesville, Inc. are pleased to announce a special Veterans Day ceremony at Historic Evergreen Cemetery on Monday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. Commemorated at the event will be the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI. The 162-year-old cemetery is the final resting place of American Veterans who served in every conflict from the Second Seminole War in 1835 through the First Gulf War in 1990 and is located at 401 SE 21st Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32641.

Scheduled to speak at the ceremony will be Gary Cook, Lieutenant Commander U.S. Navy Retired, whose 25 years of military service included two tours in Vietnam and qualification on every ship he served on. Cook’s father served in WWII and grandfather in the Spanish American War. Rev. George Holston, who served as a chaplain in both the Army and Navy including service in Iraq, will provide a prayer for veterans and their families. Music will be provided by On the Edge, an award-winning a-cappella quartet who sing in four-part harmony. The Milton Lewis Young Marine Unit will post the colors.

Acknowledging the WWI centennial, PRCA Cultural Affairs Manager Russell Etling will read wartime letters written by his grandfather Russell Houston Hull, who fought with the United States Marine Corps on the front lines in the last battle of WWI, the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. From Hull’s company of 250 men, only 28 survived. Artifacts from Hull’s war experience can currently be seen in the University of Florida Samuel P. Harn Museum’s The Great Catastrophe: Remembering WWI 1914-1918 exhibition through Feb. 3, 2019.

For additional information, please contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at etlingrh@cityofgainesville.org or 352-393-8532. Direct media inquiries to Chip Skinner, public information officer, at (352) 393-7842 or skinnerc@cityofgainesville.org.



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