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Cemeteries are close, but separate

Date published: 6/4/2014

Cemeteries are close, but separate

There was a mistake in the caption of a photo that appeared on page A8 of The Free Lance-Star on May 25.

The photo shows a representative of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars participating in a memorial ceremony.

However, contrary to the location listed in the caption, the ceremony actually occurred in the Fredericksburg City Cemetery, a separate cemetery adjacent to the Confederate Cemetery owned and maintained by the Fredericksburg City Cemetery Company, a nonprofit organization.

The City Cemetery predates the Confederate Cemetery by more than 20 years, but the close proximity of the two cemeteries often creates confusion. Along with a number of Confederate soldiers, some of Fredericksburg's most notable citizens lie in repose in the City Cemetery.

Thank you for the opportunity to correct this misinformation.

Dennis Sacrey


The writer is president, Fredericksburg City Cemetery Company.