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In the Holland City News, a report appeared on the celebration of "Decoration Day." In the ceremonies in Pilgrim Home Cemetery, it was mentioned that the Van Raalte grave was duly decorated because Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte was identified "with the soldiers from their earliest enlistments to the final close, and as their fatherly chaplain will always be considered and his memory cherished as one of their own members."
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"In the Holland City News, a Report Appeared on the Celebration of "Decoration Day"" (1877). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 295.