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Rye To Honor Vets Buried In African American Cemetery

The City of Rye is holding a special Veterans Day ceremony to remember and honor those buried at the African American Cemetery in Rye on Saturday.
The City of Rye is holding a special Veterans Day ceremony to remember and honor those buried at the African American Cemetery in Rye on Saturday. Photo Credit: File Photo

RYE, N.Y. -- The City of Rye is holding a special Veterans Day ceremony to remember and honor those buried at the African American Cemetery in Rye on Saturday.

The special ceremony is set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the cemetery at 215 North St. in Rye. The event is organized through the Town of Rye African American Cemetery Committee, the Port Chester/Rye Branch of the NAACP, Building Community Bridges and the American Legion Post 93.

Underhill and Elizabeth Halstead donated the land for the cemeteryto the Town of Rye in 1860 with the condition that it “shall forever hereafter kept, held and used for the purpose of a cemetery or burial place for the colored inhabitants of the said Town of Rye, and its vicinity free and clear of any charge therefor," according to a news release.

Veterans dating back to the Civil War and ending with WWII are buried at the cemetery along with civilians, according to the release.

"Over the years the importance of this special cemetery in the history of our community and our nation has been recognized as it is now listed on the National, New York State and Westchester County Registers of Historic Places," representatives said in the release.

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