Guard to honor 19th century president with wreath on grave

October 05, 2017 01:27 PM

MENANDS - A milestone for the 21st president of the United States was being marked on Thursday.

A wreath, sent by the White House, was set Thursday morning at the gravesite of Chester A. Arthur. It comes on the 188th anniversary of his birth.

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Members of the state Division of Naval Affairs took part in the ceremony.

Chester Alan Arthur was born in Vermont in 1829, but spent a lot of his formative years in New York. His father was a minister in the Capital Region and President Arthur attended Union College.

"I think it's very important for us all to remember the history of our presidency, who was president, how they became president, the things that they accomplished, that they tried to do. That's part of who we are. It's very important to maintain this, very important," noted Anthony Esposito, the vice president of the Albany Cemetery Association.

Chester Arthur was vice president on the ticket with James Garfield in 1881. Garfield died just a few months into his term and Arthur served until 1885. He died a year and a half later and was buried in Albany.


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