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Sixth-graders pay tribute to veteran killed in Civil War

Damaged grave marker replaced

Left to Right, Musicians from the Veteran in a New Field, Bill Payne and R.J.Butler stand at attention during the musket salute for Civil War Pvt. Thomas Ray at the Historic St. Agnes Cemetery on Friday morning.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Left to Right, Musicians from the Veteran in a New Field, Bill Payne and R.J.Butler stand at attention during the musket salute for Civil War Pvt. Thomas Ray at the Historic St. Agnes Cemetery on Friday morning.
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Thomas Ray can rest easy — new friends have improved his grave site. Ray was a 21-year-old Albany soldier who died during the Civil War in 1863. He was buried in St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, and 150 years of heat, rain, wind and cold had severely damaged his stone marker. Friday morning, about 70 sixth-graders from Schenectady’s Lincoln Elementary School helped install a new marble stone under a clear blue sky. The Veterans Administration ...


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