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Owego Honors Lives Lost in Civil War This Independence Day

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In the Village of Owego, dozens made their way to the Tioga County Civil War Union Memorial to celebrate the 128th anniversary of Civil War Veterans.

The memorial which says "Her Heroes Who Fought And Her Martyrs Who Fell That The Union Might Live", is a representation and memorium to the Tioga County Civil War Veterans killed.

According to Jim Raftis, VFW Post 1371 Memorial Day Chairman says, "So this monument has been the symbol for deceased members of Tioga county even though we have a more modern Tioga County Veterans Memorial that remembers world war I through Afghanistan".

Raftis says one hundred and twenty-five Tioga County men lost their lives in the Civil War, ninety-three of which died prisoners of war.


The Kirby Band of Nichols opened up Thursday's ceremony with the playing of the National Anthem and the 138th New York State Voluntary Infantry Regiment Riflemen firing a musket salute.