One year ago, the Richmond Heritage Commission and the Richmond Historical Society held a kick-off celebration to announce the creation of a monument to honor the town’s 79 Civil War heroes. The fundraising campaign was successful, and the newly erected monument will be dedicated on Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m.
The monument is in the Veterans’ Memorial Park, adjacent to the Veterans’ Memorial Hall at 150 Old Homestead Highway in Richmond.
The 6th N.H. Volunteer Infantry will serve as honor guard. It will be in full uniform and prepare a small camp exhibit to show how military personnel subsisted during treacherous times. Inside the Veterans’ Memorial Hall will be various artifacts, books, photographs and music, as well as a coloring table for the young. Light refreshments will be served after the dedication.
The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. with a welcome by Bill Daniels, chairman of the board of selectmen and the great-great-grandson of a wounded Gettysburg prisoner of war. To commemorate the event, Hank Hallas will read each of the 79 names, and Jerry Mills will ring a bell after each name. The 6th N.H. Captain of the Guard will muster the troops and they will lay a wreath at the monument. There will be a regimental musket salute, after which “Taps” will be played.
This is a rain or shine event.