Veterans to be Honored at Historic Evergreen Cemetery


The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) and Evergreen Cemetery Association of Gainesville, Inc. are pleased to announce a special Veterans Day ceremony at Historic Evergreen Cemetery (401 SE 21st Ave.) on Monday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. Commemorated at the event will be the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The 162-year-old cemetery is the final resting place of American veterans who served in every conflict from the Second Seminole War in 1835 through the First Gulf War in 1990.

Scheduled to speak at the ceremony is Gary Cook, retired Lieutenant Commander with the U.S. Navy, whose 25 years of military service included two tours in Vietnam and qualification on every ship he served on. Cook’s father served in World War II and his grandfather in the Spanish American War. Rev. George Holston, who served as a chaplain in both the Army and Navy including service in Iraq, will provide a prayer for veterans and their families. Music will be provided by On the Edge, an award-winning a cappella quartet who sing in four-part harmony. The Milton Lewis Young Marine Unit will post the colors.

Acknowledging the WWI centennial, Cultural Affairs Manager Russell Etling will read wartime letters written by his grandfather Russell Houston Hull, who fought with the United States Marine Corps on the front lines in the last battle of WWI, the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. From Hull’s company of 250 men, only 28 survived. Artifacts from Hull’s war experience can currently be seen in the University of Florida Samuel P. Harn Museum’s The Great Catastrophe: Remembering WWI 1914-1918 exhibition through Feb. 3, 2019.