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Following the close of the Civil War, the Soldiers Aid Society led by President Jane E. Church, had money left in its treasury. The Society decided to raise money to erect a monument at Evergreen Hill Cemetery to honor the 21 Chagrin Falls men who died during the war. Through residents’ donations and fundraising activities, sufficient funds were raised to build the sandstone obelisk that has stood as a sentinel overlooking the village for over 150 years.

The monument was dedicated on September 10, 1867, eight months prior to the first national Memorial Day. It was the first citizen funded Civil War memorial constructed in Ohio. Jane Church read the dedication address, an unusual honor for a woman. The monument lists the name of the soldiers and their date of death. Not all of them are buried in Evergreen Hill.

The Monument has been the focus of the annual Memorial Day Observation since 1868.

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Soldiers Monument in Evergreen Hill Cemetery. It was dedicated in 1867.
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Ceremony at the Soldiers Monument on September 10, 2017 honoring the 150th anniversary of the original dedication by the people of Chagrin Falls.
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Gathering in front of the Soldiers Monument at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in 1984.
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Jane Elizabeth Church. She served as President of the Soldiers Aid Society and was instrumental in raising funds for the building of the Soldiers Monument.

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