Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Civil War-era veteran laid to rest again

Civil War-era veteran Edwin Ware was laid to rest Monday morning in a long-overdue ceremony at Miramar National Cemetery, made possible by his family’s years-long struggle to find his remains and give him a proper burial. Two of Ware’s grandchildren — ages 90 and 91 — were there, along with other relatives, moved by Ware’s story of service and his hasty burial in 1924 in an unkempt grave that, until recently, was lost to history.

In attendance were to members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, dressed in Union Army garb of the era. One of them, Tom Helmantoler, said a prayer concluding with: “May the soul and body of Private Ware rest in peace once and for all for all time.” Click here to read the full story.