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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-16-2018

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 16-22, 2018 PAWTUCKET 9 the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, which is marking its 150th year, will present at the May 27 event. At a previous year's memorial ser- vice, Davis said she and her husband became acquainted with the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, which hosted services remembering Civil War veterans and actively flag- ging veterans' grave sites. She said the organization agreed to properly recognize Burns with help from the National Graves Registration Project. She then went through the Department of Veterans Affairs and National Cemetery Administration's memorial pro- gram, which required "irrefutable" proof that Burns was buried here in Pawtucket before agreeing to pay for his gravestone. Burns is now receiving what's right- fully due him some 105 years after his death, said Davis, and the work to track down his burial site was gratifying. Sheehy, caretaker John Garcia and cemetery volunteer Tom Rogers, of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, all helped get the appropriate stone in place and make the May 27 ceremo- ny possible, said Davis. Burns, according to research by Davis, was a longtime and respected resident of Pawtucket, and a proud Civil War veteran. His obituary states that he died on May 30, 1913, calling him "one of the oldest and best-known of the Pleasant View residents." It states that he died at his home at 80 Branch St. following an illness. He was a member of the Tower Post No. 17 G.A.R. and he earned prominence as a volunteer and promoter of the first firefighting organization in the Pleasant View part of the city. A prominent member of the Holy Name Society of the Church of the Sacred Heart, he was survived by four sons and two daughters. He had previously purchased the plot in the St. Mary's Church yard cemetery for the burial of his wife, Ann Hart, in 1895. He was buried alongside his wife, who has no marker to this day. The bodies of a great niece and her husband also occupied the four- person burial. Rogers said he knew there had to be four people buried in the lot, which helped him discover where Burns and his wife were laid to rest. He said it was a great discovery being able to find another Civil War soldier's grave in the cemetery, which he has been caring for for years. The descendants of Burns would become fire officials in the Pawtucket Fire Department. Former Pawtucket Fire Chief Joe Burns, who has two sons, Bob and This is a picture of the HOSPITAL GUARDS OF RHODE ISLAND when Bernard Burns was serving. He is believed to be part of the picture, but no one has been able to identify him. GRAVE From Page One See BURNS, Page 17 X-Rays • Physicals • Drug Screens • Walk-in Services Open Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Weekends 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Open most holidays 209 Armistice Blvd., Pawtucket, RI 401-725-4100 Introducing ONLINE CHECK-IN 1. Go to AUCCHECK-IN.COM to pick a time 2. Receive a text confirmation of your reservation and wait from home. 3. Head over to Urgent Care at your allotted time and you should be seen promptly. Hold Your Spot In Line! S STANLEY TREE Since 1986 • Professional High Quality Service At Reasonable Rates • Licensed Arborists • Serving RI & Nearby Mass. • Our Team Of Professionals Is Fully Equipped To Handle Your Job In A Safe Efficient Manner N. Smithfield, Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Affordable Solutions for Your Tree Problems Fully Insured Free Estimates 401-765-4677 Tree Removal Pruning Cabling Brush Mowing Stump Grinding Crane Service TREE REMOVAL EXPERTS Plant Health Care Spraying/Fertilization Central Trading Post 686 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Daily Monday - Saturday 728-2222 ~ BUY • SELL • TRADE ~ • Rare Coins & Stamps • Gold & Silver • Diamonds • Antiques • We Buy Anything Old Of Value CASH FOR

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