A bronze plaque dedicated to the memory of Union Veterans of the Civil War was unveiled in Duluth at the Park Hill Cemetery on June 1, at the grave of Comrade Albert Woolson, last to die of the members of the Grand Army of the Republic. The plaque was presented by the National Organization to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
In dedicating the plaque, National President, Miss Anne O. Clayton, said "this ceremony paid respect not only to Woolson, but to all of his comrades." Woolson died on August 2, 1956, at the age of 109. He was the sole survivor of more than 2,675,000 men of the Union Armed Forces. "Their spirit will never die," National President Clayton told the crowd at the dedication rite. "It lives in the minds and hearts of millions of vigorous young Americans."
Another speaker was Maj. Gen. Joseph E. Nelson, St. Paul, Minnesota, Adjutant General. "It is fitting and proper that we should select Memorial Day weekend to dedicate this bronze marker," he said. "We are not only honoring the memory of the brave drummer boy (Woolson), but also paying tribute to the valor and sacrifices of men of the Grand Army of the Republic who gave so much of life and blood that this union of the United States should be forever preserved."
The following inscription appears on the 12" by 18" bronze marker:
Greetings were extended by Duluth Mayor Eugene Lambert, and by Dewey B. Mead representing Commander-in-Chief DeHaven. Woolson's three daughters, Mrs. John Kobus, Mrs. Arthur Johnson, and Mrs. Robert Campbell, were introduced. The 598th AAA Battalion, Minnesota National Guard, acted as a Color Guard, and music was provided by the drum and bugle corps of the 343rd Fighter Group, Duluth Air Force Base.
The committee that arranged the events consisted of P.N.P. Ellinore Konrad, Wisconsin; P.N.P. Gladys B. Salman, Illinois; and Margaret Horn, P.D.P. of Indiana. Other distinguished guests present included P.N.P. Celeste Gentieu, Maryland; Dewey Mead, P.D.C. Minnesota; Dept. Commander and Mrs. Sid Bemis, Iowa, and members of the Minnesota Department Sons and Aux.