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Civil War veterans' memorial is dedicated at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery

| Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 8:15 p.m.
Rebecca Emanuele | For Trib Total Media
Mt. Pleasant Borough Mayor Gerald Lucia applauds Saturday as Rick Meason (second from left), president of the Mt. Pleasant Historical Society, extends gratitude to Bullskin’s Domer DeWitt, who built a memorial dedicated to the 131 Civil War veterans from 11 states who are buried at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, during a ceremony at the local burial ground. DeWitt is joined by his wife, Joann, on what was the couple’s 45th wedding anniversary.

When Rick Meason began working last year with the Westmoreland County Historical Society to coordinate a ceremony to honor 131 Civil War veterans buried at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, he had no idea where it would lead, he said.

On Saturday, Meason, executive director of the Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society, oversaw a ceremony to dedicate a wooden memorial to those veterans before dozens of dignitaries and citizens at the burial ground in the borough.

“This memorial will act as a reminder of the sacrifices of these brave men,” he said. “They bled so that we could be free.”

Bullskin resident Domer DeWitt, who crafted the memorial, attended the event with his wife, Joann, on what was the couple's 45th wedding anniversary.

“I was proud and glad to do it,” he said of the memorial.

Lisa Hays, director of the county historical society, led the Pledge of Allegiance, while Mt. Pleasant society volunteer Jaime Golobish sang the national anthem.

“It's been quite enlightening to work with the Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society,” Hays said. “The community is well served by its efforts.”

Borough Mayor Gerald Lucia lauded the efforts of DeWitt and local society members to produce the memorial, which rests to the right of the main entrance on cemetery grounds and is protected by Plexiglas installed by borough resident Monty Gamble financed by the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Association.

“I want to thank everyone for coming out today in honor of this beautiful, beautiful memorial,” Lucia said. “This will stand for a long time, and I hope when people pull into the cemetery they will stop and take a good look.”

The ceremony concluded with a rifle salute conducted by the James E. Zundell American Legion Post 446 Honor Guard, followed by the playing of “Taps.”

A.J. Panian is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-547-5722 or apanian@tribweb.com.

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