The Franklin community was very privileged to have true living Union-son Harold Becker (then 91) as a guest to our community in October 2009 for the reburial of the unknown Civil War soldier in Resthaven. I blogged about it extensively back then.
Mr. Becker is apparently the only surviving Union son living in Michigan and the Grand rapids Press featured him this past weekend in their newspaper [read the full story].
The Grand Rapids Press article started out thus:
This afternoon, on hallowed cemetery grounds at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, Harold Becker, age 92, will humbly take his place as the only man in all of Michigan who can say the following:
My father fought for the Union Army during the Civil War.
He would be glad to meet you and greet you, too, an opportunity “to shake the hand that held the hand of a Civil War soldier.”
“Mr. Becker loves to talk about that, and he loves to shake hands,” says Bruce Butgereit, who is hosting a Civil War tour that makes three other stops besides the Home for Veterans shortly after 2 pm. today at 3000 Monroe Ave. NE.
[read the full story].