Civil War, War of 1812 vets finally honored in Easton, Minn.

Civil War, War of 1812 vets finally honored in Easton, Minn.

For the small town of Easton, Minn., this Memorial Day was about rediscovering the city's own history.

Along the quiet asphalt of County Road 19, when they're not rocking out to Johnny Cash and trying to pick up girls, the American Legion Post 569 Honor Guard is making the rounds to three different cemeteries. Joel Roundhorse is the man who organizes what's become a bit of a local tradition. At each stop, the Honor Guard performs a 21-gun-salute, but little did these men know, a recent discovery in a forgotten beet field would bring about a special way to pay their respects.

Local historian Lou Anne Shrader was shocked when she learned that hidden in the small Schmerhorn Cemetery were the remains of two lost veterans, and their honor was hundreds of years in the making. One grave dated to the Civil War, the other to the War of 1812. When the American Legion found out, they organized a ceremony, and with the help of Faribault County, were able to replace the headstones allowing two old soldiers one final honor.

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