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Restoration of Stewart Indian Cemetery monument celebrated on Memorial Day

Jessica Garcia

First Nation's Focus

Local Native American veterans replace a flag newly presented to the Washoe Tribe and prepare it to be raised on a newly refurbished flag pole as part of Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at the Stewart Indian Cemetery in Carson City.
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Supporters of the efforts to revitalize the monument and flagpole at the Stewart Indian Cemetery in Carson City gathered Monday during an annual Memorial Day ceremony to celebrate the project’s completion.

Business owner Ed Byrne of Ed’s Doghouse Sports Lounge and friend Wally Ilzcyszyn had attended previous services at the cemetery.

Local residents gathered Monday to commemorate Memorial Day at the Stewart Indian Cemetery and to honor the work completed for the restoration project of the monument and the flagpole.
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They led the effort this to collect about $3,000 from business patrons, along with contributions from Rupert’s Auto Body and customers of the Lounge, to restore the stone pillar monument and provide new hardware and rope for the flagpole. Ed’s Dog House provided much of the base.

“It needed a facelift,” Byrne said, adding that the monument will receive some final touches. “…We’ll give it a nicer shine to protect it from the environment. We’ll try to make it stay like this for quite a long time.”

Bagpiper Joe LoGiurato of Carson City, formerly of the Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band, performs “Amazing Grace” at Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony at the Stewart Indian Cemetery in Carson City. LoGiurato said he’s played the bagpipe for more than 25 years.
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The pillar originally was established to honor local veterans but has deteriorated with age and weather.

James Chandler, a retired stone worker in Carson City, who labored through the area’s recent stormy weather to ensure the new monument would be completed on time for Monday, focused on replacing the central stone elements and remounting and reframing the original plaque. He placed a canopy above the structure to keep it dry in the rain as he worked late into the evenings to finish it on time.

The Carson High School Naval JROTC Color Guard unit marches in Monday to commence a Memorial Day ceremony at the Stewart Indian Ceremony on Clear Creek Avenue.
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Stewart Community vice chairman Darrel Kizer (Washoe Tribe) said not even Nevada’s unpredictable climate would deter them from finishing, noting they would stay until nearly midnight working.

“They were on the clock to get this thing done,” Kizer said Monday.

Commandant Gary Armstrong of the Marine Corps League Silver State Detachment 630 in Carson City gives a few words of appreciation for those who have contributed to the newly restored monument and flagpole Monday at the Memorial Day ceremony at Stewart Indian Cemetery.
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Don Tucker also refurbished the pole and laid the stone patio, and former Western Nevada Agency superintendent Bob Hunter and Kizer also contributed to the project.

A new flag was raised on the pole by local Native American veterans to honor those who have been interred in the cemetery, and participants performed the national anthem and spent a few moments in prayer and remembrance.

The monument at Stewart Indian Cemetery has been refurbished thanks to the donations and efforts of several local businesses, and the flagpole erected behind it was restored, painted and provided with new rope and hardware.
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Other participating organizations in Monday’s ceremony included the Marine Corps League Silver State Detachment 630 and members of Carson High School’s Naval Junior ROTC presented the colors. 

The original plaque for the Stewart Indian Cemetery monument was remounted with the structure’s revitalization. The stone work was completed by retired Carson City resident James Chandler.
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Commandant Gary Armstrong of the MCL Silver State Detachment gave a few words honoring military members killed in action at the presentation, which, Armstrong noted, has occurred annually for 36 years now.

Gravesites are lined with American flags to honor the fallen at Stewart Indian Cemetery Monday for Memorial Day.
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“This day is set aside to remember the dedication and patriotism of those who have departed and to honor their military service,” Armstrong said. “It is a yearly occasion where we can come together to recognize their sacrifices and to never forget their valor.”


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