Here’s one for Eric (from the Reading Eagle):
Civil War general’s flags dedicated at his monument
A Civil War hero received proper recognition Sunday when a new flagpole and flags were dedicated at the Maj. Gen. David McMurtrie Gregg monument in Reading’s Centre Park during a Veterans Day ceremony.
The flagpole and flags – a replica of Civil War-era flag and a two-star general’s flag – were donated by Michael F. Feeney, owner of John P. Feeney Funeral Home on Centre Avenue.
“I had spoken with some folks and they pointed out that Gen. Gregg’s monument didn’t have a flagpole,” Feeney said. “We were the only military monument in Berks County without a flagpole, we had to do something about it.”
Feeney, a veteran who served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968, said it was important to hold the flag dedication for Gregg, who fought at Gettysburg.
Approximately 25 people and Civil War and Revolutionary War re-enactors attended the dedication by Peter Szpak, commander of American Legion Gregg Post No. 12.
“The dedication went very well,” Szpak said, “but it would not have happened without Mike Feeney.”
Feeney said he takes pride in hearing from fellow Civil War enthusiasts that the Gregg monument is one of the best kept and most informative in the country.
“It took nearly a century and a half, but now Gregg has his flags,” Feeney said.
I’m out west for a conference this week, stuck in a place where more recent history overshadows anything Civil Warish. So posts will be a bit lean until Saturday.