Friday: Parishville Veteran Is Finally Honored
Webster Lycinous Howe died of natural causes at the age of 82, and was buried in an unmarked grave in Hillcrest Cemetery in Parishville.
Things stayed that way for 101 years.
But on Friday, Howe received military honors for the four years he served as a Union soldier in the Civil War. There was a ceremony, and Howe now has a military marker on his grave.
His great, great nephew, Lee Houser of Roichester, himself a Korean War veteran, participated in Friday's ceremony.
"It makes me feel good that they're honoring a veteran, because of what he did, his service to his country, and it was distinguished," Houser told 7 News reporter John Friot.
Howe's military service was uncovered, and his service records submitted to the federal government, by two local historians, Joseph McGill and Emma Remington. They also attended Friday's ceremony.
"He's finally getting recognition for something that happened years and years ago. He's been dead for 101 years. It's time," said McGill.
"After all, look what they've done for our country. There should be some acknowledgement," added Remington.
For more about Webster Howe, and to see and hear some of Friday's ceremony, click on the picture to watch John Friot's story.
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