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WESTMINSTER MASSACHUSETTS SOLDIERS MONUMENT PHOTO ~ GAR POST 69 JP RICE
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PICTURES MEMBERS OF J.P. RICE POST NO.69, WESTMINSTER, MASS.
Location: In front First Congregational Church, 138 Main Street, Westminster

An obelisk made of Fitchburg granite featuring plaques made from Vermont marble, the Westminster monument lists 34 men from that town who died in the war. The first name listed is Lt. Col. Joseph Rice of the 21st Massachusetts Infantry.

The dedication of the Westminster monument took place on July 4, 1868. A correspondent to the Boston Journal wrote an uncharacteristically effusive account of the exercises. This is perhaps related to the chronological proximity to the war. He dwelt on the beauty and solemnity of the day, the procession and the speakers saying he had never attended an occasion marked by such "perfect order and sobriety.” After prayers and services at the monument, about 2000 proceeded to a grove about a half mile away where seating had been set up. Rev. Joseph Peckham of Kingston, Massachusetts gave a "model oration.” General John Kimball of Fitchburg "made a very touching address.” The day would be remembered, according to the correspondent, "as proof to all coming generations that their fathers were not unmindful of the gift bestowed in the redemption of a nation by the sacrifice of their own brothers and sons.”
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