Honor the 97th Infantry!

I got this message from Senator Dinniman’s office so I’m passing it along…

Dear Friends –

I want to let you know about a special event I am holding to remember and honor our area’s most notable and perhaps most decorated Civil War unit – the 97th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

The 97th Regiment was formed in what is now Everhart Park in West Chester and fought in numerous battles along the southern Atlantic Coast from 1861 to 1865. Through that service, five of its members received the Medal of Honor. Following the war, in October 1887, a monument to the men of the 97th was erected in Marshall Square Park in West Chester.

I have worked with West Chester Borough’s Department of Parks and Recreation to hold an event to recognize and honor the men of the 97th Regiment on Sunday, October 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marshall Square Park.

The day will feature reenactment activities by the current 97th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and the Sons of the Union Veterans. There will be tables of historical memorabilia and education opportunities, a Civil War encampment, a drilling session and a memorial ceremony with guest speakers.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held rain or shine.

Please join me to remember the heroes of the 97th Infantry and ensure that their sacrifice is never forgotten.

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