Park marker will honor fallen soldier
The Galva City Council passed a resolution March 23 honoring the service of Sgt. Schuyler Patch with a permanent memorial in Veterans Memorial Park.
Patch, a Galva resident, was killed Feb. 24 while serving with U.S. military forces at Kandahar, Afghanistan.
The solid brass plaque includes the words of Randall Wallace. It reads:
“To fallen soldiers let us sing
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord
No more bleeding, no more fight
No prayers pleading through the night
Just divine embrace, eternal light
In the Mansions of the Lord
Where no mothers cry and no children weep
We will stand and guard though the angels sleep
Through the ages safety keep
The Mansions of the Lord.”
The plaque also includes the following words:
“In honor of the service and sacrifice of Schuyler Patch, 2nd Squadron, 106th Calvary Illinois National Guard; Perished on the Field of Battle 24 February 2009
The Citizens of Galva, Illinois are eternally grateful for his sacrifice.”
Sgt. Patch, a Kewanee native, is the first Galva resident to die in war since John Kellett perished in the Viet Nam War.