Just in time for Memorial Day, The Historical Marker Committee of the Union County Chamber of Commerce will dedicate a marker today honoring some of the county's Civil War dead.

Just in time for Memorial Day, The Historical Marker Committee of the Union County Chamber of Commerce will dedicate a marker today honoring some of the county's Civil War dead.

An Ohio Historical Marker will be dedicated today, May 30, at 3 p.m. at the Union Township Cemetery in Milford Center. The marker will commemorate the Civil War monument, according to tourism director Christy Clark, and as part of the ceremony, Nacrina Alvarezde Blanco will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America. The Milford Center Boy Scout Troop 158 will present the colors, while Leroy Holt will serve as master of ceremonies. The public is invited to attend the ceremony, Clark said.

"A total of 37 men from Union Township gave their lives for their country during the Civil War," Clark said. "Seventeen men died in combat, five mend died from wounds, and 15 died of disease. The granite tablets that flank the monument list the names of Civil War veterans buried in Union Township."

The text of the Milford Center marker includes: "To Arms! To Arms! The Monument Association of Union Township propose holding a Fair and Festival in Milford Centre on Feb. 20 and 21 the proceeds to be applied to the fund already raised to erect a Monument in memory of the fallen heroes of Union Tp. Said Monument to be unveiled on the 30th of May, 1873. It is desired that every citizen have an opportunity to contribute something in aid of such a worthy object. It is therefore hoped that every person, male and female, will send in their donations of such articles as they may have lay upon the alter of our departed Heroes. Bring Wheat, Corn, fancy work, mitts Hoods, articles for children, anything, to the value of a horse"

Administered by the Ohio Historical Society, the Historical Markers program enables Ohioans to commemorate and celebrate local history and to learn more about the state, Clark said.

Designed to be permanent and highly visible, the historic markers are large, cast aluminum signs that tell stories about aspects of Ohio's history, she added.

"The Historical Marker Committee of the Union County Chamber of Commerce plans to dedicate four historical markers per year over the next five years," Clark said. "Currently, Union County now has eight Ohio Historical Markers. Previous marker dedications have included Amrine Settlement, the Richwood Opera House and Town Hall, Charles Warren Fairbanks birthplace, Magnetic Springs, Major General Robert Sprague Beightler, Pottersburg Bridge, Spain Creek Bridge and New California Presbyterian Church."

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