Honor Guard
at the "Duffy's Cut Ceremony"
The 69th was honored to be asked to provide the Honor Guard and Color
Guard at the burial of the remains of 5 Irish Immigrant Workers killed  while
building railroads in 1832. Coordinated by 2nd Sergeant Bill Meehan, the 69th
played a major role in the "Duffy's Cut" Memorial Service and burial of
remains at West Laurel Hill Cemetery. Hundreds attended the activity which
laid to rest the remains of the Irish immigrants buried in mystery in 1832 while
employed as railroad construction workers. The archeological project
sponsored by Immaculata College has now recovered the remains of seven
Irish workers who died with 50 others in a combination of violence and
disease. Details at  -   duffyscut.immaculata.edu
Ten soldiers and three of our ladies
prepare for the ceremony
The flags of the 69th are prepared to lead
the procession to the gravesite
The 69th provided the honor guard for the
viewing in the chapel
The 69th fired three volleys over the grave and Irish
soil was buried with the remains of the 5 victims
At the entrance to the funeral home
The five caskets containing the last
remains of the Irish railroad workers
The "Honor Guard"
The final resting spot of the "Duffy Cut"
remains. A list of names and the Celtic Cross
  Video of the Duffy's Cut Service
The Philadelphia Saint Patrick's Day Parade  2012
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