SILENT SENTRY PROJECT
For nearly 100 years beginning in 1884, the “Silent Sentry” watched over the graves of Union Veterans at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Philadelphia until being removed from its base in an attempted theft. It was recovered and repaired by the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS), who has maintained the monument for decades with the assistance of the Laran Bronze Foundry. Now wishing to return the “Silent Sentry” to its original purpose, MOLLUS has approved its transfer to Laurel Hill, America’s first National Historic Landmark Cemetery.
To date, the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery has raised over $30,000 to cover the cost of the monument’s rigging and transportation; the purchase and installation of an American Granite base and foundation; the installation and lighting of the monument; landscaping; and interpretive and donor inscriptions.
The Friends are currently raising funds to establish an endowment adequate to ensure the perpetual care of the "Silent Sentry" for future generations. All donations to the "Silent Sentry" Fund are fully tax-deductible. Gifts of $1,000 or more - and received on or before January 15, 2014 - will be acknowledged with a permanent inscription on the base of the monument. Donations can be made online, or by calling Laurel Hill Cemetery's office at 215-228-8200.
Please join the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, our esteemed guests and special speakers for the Rededication of the "Silent Sentry" in a public ceremony on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 12:00pm. Ticketing information, itinerary and additional details will be announced shortly.
Thank you for helping to ensure that this sacred relic is returned to its proper place of duty guarding the resting places of the Veterans and the Fallen of America's Civil War.
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