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Honor Civil War Veteran

May 27, 2012 ~ 7:00 pm
Fairmount Cemetery - Jackson, Ohio

Honoring Civil War Veteran ~ GAR Chorister

John William Hank


    John Hank was a National Chorister for the Grand Army of the Republic. As a singer, Hank was widely known for his favorite army song, "The Old Flag Never Touched the Ground," and others, having been recorded for phonograph reproduction and sold coast to coast. He came to prominence more than locally by his patriotic and inspirational singing at state and national encampments of the G.A.R.

    John William Hank is buried at Fairmount Cemetery and the recognition held there on the 27th of May included the song he was so well know for singing, sung by Jackson Chief of Police, Carl Eisnaugle. Abe Lincoln (Robert Ervin) presented the Gettysburg Address and a bio of Hank was read by Jim Ashworth of Huntington, WV, a relative of Hank. Also, in the program was a poem about Hank written by a grand niece which was read by a relative, Coryn Lord. The Invocation was by Rev. Bill Goodall, information was brought by John Underwood about a men's class of Civil War veterans at the Methodist Church where Hank was a member. The MC was Josh Goodall, Josh Willett played "Taps" and the laying of wreath was by Jackson Historical Society President, Carl Sears.