GAR Monument Beautified for Independence Day

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Towanda Third Ward resident Bryon Fuller helped to make the 220-plus-year-old Riverside Cemetery ready for the Fourth of July. He made and planted red, white and blue containers to decorate the shelter that showcases Bradford County’s first and oldest tribute to soldiers of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) who fought in America’s Civil War (April 12, 1861 – April 9, 1865).

In 2018, the shelter was built and donated to the cemetery by the regional chapter of the Sons of the Union Veterans. More than 160 war veterans, including four who served in the American Revolutionary War, (April 19, 1775 – September 3, 1783), are buried in the cemetery at 122 William Street. Visitors to the property enjoy outstanding views of the Susquehanna River, its canyon walls, native plants and animals, the Veterans Memorial Bridge and Bradford County Courthouse, in addition to historic grave markers.

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