Veterans of NY National Guard's 69th Infantry Salute Civil War Soldiers this morning at Albany Rural Cemetery

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MENANDS, NY (03/10/2019) (readMedia)-- Veterans of the New York National Guard's 1st Battalion 69th Infantry will honor Civil War veterans of the 69th Infantry and the Irish Brigade who are buried in Albany Rural Cemetery this morning, Sunday March 10.

The veterans and currently serving members of the 69th, will mark the graves of 69th Civil War Soldiers with both Irish and American flags, and lay a wreath at the foot of the Grand Army of the Republic monument at the Soldier's Lot in Albany Rural Cemetery.

WHO: 8 to 12 Capital Region residents who served in the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry as well as currently serving members of the battalion.

WHAT: A wreath laying ceremony and marking of graves of Irish American veterans of the Civil War in the Soldiers Lot of Albany Rural Cemetery. The ceremony will include a reading of the poem "Rouge Bouquet" which was written during World War I by poet Joyce Kilmer, a member of the 69th Infantry who was killed in action during the War. Next weekend members of the 69th Infantry will march in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade and conduct their annual Unit Day events. The wreath laying is timed to coincide with St. Patrick's Day.

WHEN: 11:20, Sunday March 10, 2019

WHERE: Soldiers Lot, Albany Rural Cemetery, Men ands N.Y.

Contact Lt. Col. Sean Flynn at 518-763-4740 for more information.