GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- An 80-year-old monument is back at Orchard Mesa Cemetery after being refurbished over the last month.
Originally put up in 1935, the Veterans Monument honors local Civil War and WWI veterans. It was rededicated at a ceremony Saturday morning, where two local men were also remembered.
Union soldier Charles Rundle received the Medal of Honor in the Civil War, and Harold Aupperle, who served in the Red Cross in Serbia during the First World War. They both lived in Grand Junction.
“We have a Medal of Honor coming home for a visit. So, is this important, yes. This monument is refurbished and it’s dedicated to the 12 unknown Union soldiers buried out here. And it’s just great to see for Memorial Day,” said Garry Brewer, past Department Commander, Sons of Union Veterans.
The Medal of Honor is visiting from a museum in Mississippi for the ceremony.