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Grave marker dedication is Saturday for namesake of Teague American Legion

On Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 at 10 a.m. there will be a V.A. grave marker dedication ceremony for Wilbur A. Harrison at the Dew Cemetery.

Wilbur is the World War 1 soldier that the American Legion Post 238 in Teague is named for. He was killed accidentally by one of his own men on Dec. 3, 1918 just after the armistice that was signed on Nov. 11, 1918. As the VA did not exist in 1918, Pvt. Harrison's grave was marked with a private marker. The VA would not provide a VA grave marker recently applied for by Capps Memorial Chapel acknowledging his service in WW1 due to restrictions that privately marked graves for deaths occurring before 1990 cannot be also marked with a VA marker.

This obstacle was overcome when Phipps Memorial of Waco donated a grave marker identical to a VA grave marker to the Wilbur A. Harrison Post 238 of the American Legion.

A story appeared in the January 1919 edition of the Recorder as well as past editions of the Teague Chronicle. Everyone is invited that would care to attend.

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