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Memorial plaque honors Almont's Civil War dead



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July 10, 2013
ALMONT — More than 250 Almont men joined the Union Army during the Civil War, from 1861-1865.

Sixteen of those men were killed in action and 19 others died from disease.

On Saturday, July 13, the Almont Downtown Development Authority will host a plaque installation ceremony honoring the Civil War dead, starting at 10 a.m. at Fountain Park downtown.

The plaque will be gifted to the Village by former Almont resident Rick Liblong.

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Memorial plaque to area Civil War soldiers will be dedicated this Saturday.
Liblong, who now resides in Virginia, is the author of "Answering the Call of Duty: Saving Custer, Heroism at Gettysburg, POWs and other stories of Michigan's Small Town Soldiers in the Civil War" which highlights Almont's contributions to the war between the states.

Liblong designed and had the plaque cast in bronze to serve as a permanent memorial to the sacrifices of those lost in the war.

DDA Director Nancy Boxey said the plaque features a picture of Almont's Liberty Pole dedication, which took place on July 4, 1865.

She said a replica of the original Liberty Pole is now located in front of the Almont Village Offices. It was built and used for the last Almont Homecoming celebration.

Boxey further noted that the donated plaque will be affixed to the center brick column at the Almont Fountain Park.

Also participating in the ceremony will be members of Almont American Legion Post #479, who will provide a flag ceremony and gun salute.

Legion Post Commander Leonard Ballor is among those scheduled to speak.

In addition, President Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" will be read aloud, as will the names of the 16 Almont veterans who died in action during the Civil War.

For questions or more information, call the Almont DDA office at 810-798-8125.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.
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