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A Veteran's Salute Event

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Tuesday, 03 November 2009

First National Bank, in coordination with the Waverly Sesquicentennial Committee, is sponsoring “A Veteran’s Salute” dinner and program.  The event will be held Thursday, November 12th at The Centre in Waverly (1201 4th St. SW).  A catered dinner will begin at 6 p.m., with a program starting at 7 p.m.  Reservations must be made in advance for $15 by calling 352-1340 or by stopping at First National Bank.  The public is invited to attend.  Proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Waverly Area Veterans Association to help with the construction of the new Waverly Area Veterans Post.The program will include a veteran’s address by Cal Corson, a pictorial history of Waverly veterans by Matt Hoodjer, and a concert by the Jasper Grays Civil War Singers.  This is a group of men from Newton, IA who perform music of the 1861-1865 era in period dress.       

The Jasper Grays perform a variety of music from the Civil War years, including patriotic songs, songs about the soldiering life, battlefield deaths, domestic scenes, emancipation songs, hymn tunes, etc.  Members of the group are Barry Hurto, keyboard and vocals; John Keller, fiddle and vocals; and vocalists Gary Kopsa and Larry Hurto.  They tell something of the origin of the various selections they sing.     

The historical Jasper Grays was the first company to leave Jasper County for the war, on July 9, 1861.  It is thought they wore gray uniforms (even though they were a Northern unit) probably in emulation of the cadets of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.  (Uniformity of dress in the opposing armieswas not established until 1862, the first full year of the war.)  The Jasper Grays were mustered in to service as Co. B, 5th Iowa Infantry.           

 “As the year draws to a close, we were looking for a way to honor Waverly’s heritage and give back to the community,” said Christa Leary, First National Bank Marketing Director.  “The partnership with the Sesquicentennial committee and celebrating our veterans was a natural fit.  We hope all of Waverly will join us in this celebration.”           

In addition to the dinner and program, a silent auction will take place for a basket of Sesquicentennial memorabilia.  The proceeds from the auction will also benefit the Veteran’s Association. 

Last updated ( Tuesday, 03 November 2009 )

Christa Leary
Marketing Director


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