Civil War Veteran Honored With New Headstone

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The playing of taps echoed throughout the St. James Cemetery in Gouverneur on Monday.

It marked a final salute and a special dedication to honor a Civil War veteran with a new headstone.

It was a moment that was especially meaningful for Linda Krol, the great-great-granddaughter of Patrick Shea.

"It's a way to always have a tribute to Patrick, that he served his country well and now there's a special marker that honors that," said Krol.

Marking Shea's resting place is a special headstone for Union veterans.

It was provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

But applying for one wasn't easy.

"It's probably the culmination of several years of research and work and digging and clippings and ancestry.com - just trying to get all the loose ends pieced together about Patrick Shea," said Krol.

But Krol says it's all worth it to pass on her family's heritage to her grandkids.

"It's special because if Patrick Shea was here right now, I'd be really happy. It's a special day to honor Patrick Shea," said Aaron & Jacob Binion, Shea's 4th great-grandchildren.

On this rainy Veteran's Day, members of the American Legion, Sons of Union Veterans and more stood together to honor not only Patrick Shea, but all veterans.
 

Sunday, November 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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