Bob Koenecke (left) and other re-enactors from the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War participate in Sunday’s “Whispers from the Past” event at the Burlington Cemetery. Koenecke read the names of Civil War veterans interred at the cemetery.

Cemetery event recalls the sacrifices of local veterans

Standard Press staff

Voices from Burlington’s past were brought to life Sunday during a special event at the Burlington Cemetery.

Whispers From the Past was staged to honor local veterans and raise funds for the continued renovation of the 100-year-old cemetery chapel, according to organizers. It featured a series of historical re-enactors presenting vignettes from the lives of prominent Burlington people interred at the cemetery.

Burlington Cemetery Association President Beverly Gill, who was also a member of the event organizing committee, said Burlington can be proud of the many volunteers who planned and carried out the presentation.

“When someone said they were going to do something – they did it,” she said.

In many cases that involved local re-enactors researching and presenting historical snippets from the lives of local residents who endured the tragedies and triumphs of this country’s wars dating back to the Civil War.


War heroes come to ‘life’

The presentations included a glimpse into the lives of veterans from the Civil War, World War I and World War II, as well as the experiences of a Red Cross war nurse.

Organizers said the presenters brought a striking realism to the event.

“Thank you, re-enactors, for bringing these lives to our attention, for showing us the sacrifices that many make so that we can be here today, on a sunny afternoon, with family and friends,” they wrote.

To read the full story, including descriptions of each presentation, see the Sept. 30 edition of the Burlington Standard Press.