Memorial Day Ceremony at Lincoln Cemetery in Carlisle for Military of Color
CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – A Memorial Day event in Carlisle was held for Midstate military personnel of color who died in service to our country. It took place at Lincoln Cemetery in Memorial Park.
“Members who fought for the Union Army are still buried here today even though the headstones are missing,” said Deputy Mayor Sean Shultz, Borough of Carlisle.
At least 650 black servicemen and soldiers from Carlisle and more than 50 American colored troops and Civil War veterans are buried in Lincoln Cemetery. This includes the parents of veteran Danny Jones.
“My parents are buried there so that makes it special to me,” Jones said.
Jones was honored for his 60-plus years of service in the American Legion on Monday.
“We never miss an opportunity for him to tell us a little bit about what he’s been through, and we were very happy to celebrate it today,” said Jones’ granddaughter, Reggan Nowlin.
The headstones of those buried at the cemetery were removed in the 1970s.
“The borough council, recognizing the failures of the previous council in turning this park into a park and not fully honoring those buried here, apologized by resolution,” said Shultz.
The cemetery area has since been renovated and there is a new walkway at the entrance to the sacred land.