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Hollingsworth Cemetery Dedication: The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Westport Camp #64 conducted a Cemetery Dedication at Hollingsworth Cemetery in Lawson, Missouri on 18 May 2014 in Honor of Private Gideon Hollingsworth, C.S.A. Hollingsworth Cemetery is a family burial ground. Only two headstones plus a footstone with initials SA were found during the restoration, but stories suggest there may have been other family members buried here. We do know two brothers, Gideon and Jeptha Hollingsworth, are buried here. They were the sons of Samuel Gordon Hollingsworth and Susan Harris Mimms, who moved with their family to Clay County from Kentucky. The younger Jeptha, was born on September 20, 1846 in Todd County, Kentucky and died at 14 years old on April 15, 1861. The older brother, Gideon was born on January 23, 1840 in Todd County, Kentucky and died on April 15, 1861. Gideon was a Confederate soldier in the Missouri State Guard who died from injuries sustained during the Battle of Wilson Creek in Springfield, Missouri. The SA footstone remains a mystery. Other family members, father Samuel, mother Susan, and sister Susan are accounted for at other cemeteries. While we don’t know who SA is, it does tell us Gideon and Jeptha are not the only gravesites here. The father’s Hollingsworth name traces back to Valentine Hollingsworth who was a Quaker and friend of William Penn and signer of the Pennsylvania Frame of Government dated February 2, 1683. The mother’s Mimms name shares an ancestry with Frank and Jesse James, making these Hollingsworth brothers third cousins to the James brothers.

2014 R.O.T.C. Award Recognition Ceremony : This page includes the R.O.T.C. Award Recognition Ceremony held at Lee's Summit West High School on 8 April 2014 in Lee's Summit, MO.

2014 R.O.T.C. Award Recognition Ceremony : This page includes the R.O.T.C. Award Recognition Ceremony held at Blue Springs High School on 17 April 2014 in Independence, MO.

2014 Memorial Day Ceremony: This page displays the Memorial Day Ceremony held at Union Cemetery in Kansas City, MO.

National Medal of Honor Day Ceremony: This page displays the National Medal of Honor Day Ceremony traditionaly held on March 25th of every year. The National Medal of Honor Day was held on 23 March 2014 in Kansas City, MO. This day honors the 3,454 men and women whose service and sacrifices were recognized with the nation’s highest medal, the Medal of Honor. Awarded since the Civil War, there are 34 deceased recipients buried in the greater Kansas City area.

The Sons of Union Veterans, Westport Camp #64, along with other local heredity groups conducted a recognition ceremony for a Civil War medal recipient buried at Forest Hills Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri. Private John H. Recksecker, Company D, 104th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment, received the Medal of Honor on 3 February 1865 for gallantry in action on 30 November 1864, while serving with Company D, 104th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment, in action at Franklin, Tennessee. Private Ricksecker captured the flag of 16th Alabama Artillery (Confederate States of America)

The ceremony to honor Private John H. Recksecker was held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, 23 March 2014 at his gravesite. Forest Hills Cemetery is located in Kansas City, Missouri.

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