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Jeremiah laid to rest, as townspeople pay tribute to fallen soldier

Slowly the crowd dispersed. The North Country had indeed given their fallen hero a spectacular sendoff.

Jim Hayes, Captain of the Horicon Fire Department had organized the fire companies in the area and had designated where they were to display flags. The Horicon Volunteer Ladies Auxiliary were at attention at the Firehouse with flags. They provided food that was served at the Chestertown Firehouse for a reception held for funeral attendees. District Attorney Kate Hogan, Senator Betty Little, and John Kimmerly, who lost his son in Iraq, were in attendance.

Many who passed by in the procession may not have been aware that a permanent tribute had just the prior day been placed in town.

The soldiers' monument in front of the Horicon Town Hall showcases memorial stones representing all the wars - from the Civil War to Iraq and Afghanistan. The local monument committee was able to have a stone paver, inscribed with Jeremiah's name. crafted on Friday in Vermont and Robert Smith set it and cleaned the monument so it would be in place when Jeremiah and family went by.

Doubtlessly, for many generations to come, when people see this granite block, they'll be reminded of Jeremiah Monroe's sacrifice that has touched the hearts of so many in the North Country.

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