Monday, October 31, 2011

Camp Floyd Cemetery Dedication

Camp Floyd State Park in conjunction with the Town of Fairfield and the Friends of Camp Floyd will be conducting a re-dedication ceremony of the Camp Floyd Cemetery on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2011 at 5 p.m.

Established in 1858, Camp Floyd housed the largest concentration of U.S. troops then in the United State. The troops were sent to Utah to suppress a rumored Mormon rebellion which never took place. The army was recalled back east in 1861 for the Civil War emergency.

In the 1960’s efforts were made to research death records and restore the cemetery. As original grave markers had been lost to age, the exact location of the graves were unknown. Markers installed in the 1960's were simply placed symmetrically throughout the cemetery. Due to limited research access at that time, many of the markers contained incorrect information.

A detailed research was compiled in 2003 of those buried at Camp Floyd. With new technologies the correct information on the Camp Floyd burials was obtained and documented. A ground-penetrating radar was completed in 2008, which located the actual site of the graves. The 1960's grave markers were removed and replaced with up-right white headstones to reflect the period of the cemetery.

The re-dedication of the cemetery will commemorate the history of Camp Floyd and honor those veterans buried there. The event will conclude with the Utah Civil War Association performing drills and a fire squad
salute. The dedication will be followed by a fireworks show provide by Lantis Fireworks & Laser of Fairfield, Utah. Hot drinks will be provided with bon fires to keep warm. Those attending are asked to bring two non-perishable food items to be donated to the local food bank.

Camp Floyd State Park is located in the town of Fairfield, 22 miles southwest of Lehi on State Highway 73. For more information about the event or park, please contact the park at 801-768-8932.

Mark A. Trotter
Park Manager
Camp Floyd State Park
18035 West 1540 North
Fairfield, Utah 84013

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