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War of 1812 veteran to be remembered at ceremony at Alhambra cemetery

Andrew Keown was a soldier of the War of 1812. His military years were spent fighting along side Gen. Andrew Jackson, and he was with Jackson during the Battle of New Orleans on Jan. 8, 1815. Keown would receive a pension as a survivor is the War of 1812, which he drew from Feb. 14, 1871, until his death on Feb. 20, 1880.

Keown is buried in Vincent Cemetery, which is located on Mriscin Road, northeast of Alhambra.

A marker was placed on Keown’s grave on Aug. 16 by Robert Ridenour, acting president, and Jim DeGraff, grave-marking coordinator and past president, of the Illinois War of 1812 Society.

A ceremony will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23 at Vincent Cemetery to honor Keown. The ceremony will be presided over by members of the Illinois Society of War of 1812, which includes a color guard, rifle squad and chaplain. A tribute to Keown and the unveiling of his marker will be performed by his descendants. Local residents will pay tribute by singing God Bless America and playing Taps. The public is invited to attend.

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