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224 Ohio Arch

224      Ohio Arch. and Hist. Society Publications.


speaker's stand were also seated Judge M. H. Donahue of the

Ohio Supreme court, and Hon. Randolph W. Walton and Mrs.

Paul MacGahan. The veil which consisted of a Bulgarian and

American flag was presented to Dr. Bozovosky and Paul Mac-

Gahan. The detachment of O. N. G. formed a guard of honor

about the grave and the famous Seventh regiment band dis-

coursed several appropriate selections.




J. A. MacGahan, a son of Perry County, lies buried here.

We have set apart this time to speak of him and to unveil

a monument erected to his memory.

This day, July 4th, and the event we have met here to cele-

brate, are appropriately and happily joined together. The one,

no less than the other, symbolizes

progress in the history of man, the re-

pression of tyranny, the freedom of

a nation.

The heroic deeds of our fore-

fathers, fighting and dying for home

and liberty, have been perpetuated

in stone and poetry and in the hearts

of our countrymen. Throughout the

world and among all people, there ex-

ists a common sympathy and feeling

of indignation whenever the inalien-

able rights of man are denied and

persecution takes the place of protec-

tion.  As members of the great

Brotherhood of Man, we meet here

to honor the memory of one who immolated his strength, his

ability, his genius for others. One, who in the short span of

years given him brought smiles to the faces of thousands where

before there had been only tears and long drawn lines of suffer-


We meet here, also, as fellow country-men of MacGahan

and in that capacity, we unveil the stone that stands at his

grave. I say this because the monument erected here is only of