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Veterans Honored for ‘Descendant’s Day’

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CLEVELAND — Dozens gathered at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Public Square Saturday morning as part of Descendant’s Day.

Descendant’s Day takes place every year and honors those who served in the Civil War.

This morning, Dr. John Moser of Ashland University took on the persona of Levi Scofield, who devoted more than 7 years to designing and building the famous monument.

“Our history is something that we need to keep alive in various ways,” said Dr. Moser. “How can we forget? There were 9,000 men in Cuyahoga County who served in the civil war, of course we need to remember and honor what they did. And this is not a memorial in the sense that it is about the dead. It’s about everyone who served and of course, Scofield was among that number.”

In addition to the monument, Scofield specialized in the design of large Victorian buildings, such as prisons and hospitals, many of which are still standing. He also designed the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, where many scenes from “The Shawshank Redemption” were filmed.

Saturday’s ceremony also recognized 26 Jewish veterans listed within the monument as part of Rosh Hashanah. There was also a special tribute to the Jewish Congressional Medal of Honor recipients in the Civil War.