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Published June 23, 2013, 10:05 PM

Grand Forks celebrating 100 years of Civil War statue

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - The Grand Forks community is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its Civil War statue located in the Near Southside Neighborhood.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - The Grand Forks community is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its Civil War statue located in the Near Southside Neighborhood.

A rededication ceremony took place today for the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial statue.

This Civil War statue has been around for one hundred years. But there's many locals who don't know about it.

Phillip Meyer, Visiting Civil War Statue: “They were unaware of the fact that this memorial was here.”

The Near Southside Neighborhood group hopes to change that by sprucing up the statue with a grant from the Knight Foundation.

It's a very proud community and as you can see they've taken a great deal of care.

Daniel Sauerwein, Sons of Union Veterans: “I'm really pleased with how the landscaping turned out and how they were able to clean the statue, take care of it. It really looks nice.”

Meyer: “I think it's a great thing for the community to draw attention to it.”

The extra attention seems to be working.

Luke Coppy, Visiting Civil War Statue: “We just came out here because we heard there was a dedication to this statue here.”

Sauerwein: “We're here to rededicate that to the men who fought and preserved the union and gave their lives in defense of the union.”

Through the perilous fight. There's 170 names listed here on the statue. Some of these veteran's family members were in attendance today.

Evelyn Hensrud, Visiting Civil War Statue: “I think it's kind of hard to believe that my grandfather was in the Civil War.”

Evelyn Hensrud takes every opportunity to remember her ancestor.

Hensrud: “Anybody that comes to visit, I always take them over here and show them where grandpa's name was.”

History enthusiasts are pleased with the added interest.

Sauerwein: “It's so wonderful that the community is willing to come out and recognize the memorial. I hope it's the catalyst for bigger things to come.”

The City of Grand Forks and the park district also helped with the improvements.

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