Archbishop Listecki takes part in Civil War Memorial Day ceremony

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki took part in a Civil War Memorial ceremony at historic Calvary Cemetery on Monday, May 27th.

A Mass began at 10 a.m. and included some attendants in Civil War period attire. After the Mass, a ceremony included a speech by author Lance Herdegen, and then Listecki and Herdegen each will fire a Civil War cannon of the Cushing’s Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery.

The ceremony also included the Gettysburg Address by President Abraham Lincoln, along with rifle and musket salutes.

Calvary Cemetery is an Archdiocese cemetery that dates to 1845 and includes the graves of several dozen Civil War veterans, including two who earned the Medal of Honor.

The event was sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and its Auxiliary, and draws a crowd of several hundred each year.