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Civil War remembrance slated for Forest Lawn

By Leslie Church

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Buffalo, NY – Forest Lawn Cemetery features the sounds of war this Memorial Day Weekend. The cemetery will be the site of a daylong commemoration to the veterans of the Civil War. Its organizers hope it'll give Western New Yorkers a better understanding of what Memorial Day is all about.

Before you fire up the grill this Memorial Day weekend, Joe Dispenza wants you to take a moment to remember why we have a day off from work in the first place. Dispenza is the president of Forest Lawn Cemetery, where over 2,000 Civil War vets are buried. He explains that Memorial Day began in the aftermath of the Civil War. It was originally called Decoration Day, because families would decorate the graves of their loved ones.

Forest Lawn will host a day of remembrance called Muster in the Meadow this Sunday. The five acres of green meadow inside the cemetery will be transformed into a Civil War encampment. Living history interpreters will show what life was like for soldiers with everything from firing demonstrations to telegraph techniques to a reading of the actual letters written by soldiers' wives.

The event kicks off at noon on Sunday with a march through the cemetery grounds to some special grave sites.

A schedule of events is available by clicking on the website for Forest Lawn Cemetery.