Park marker will honor fallen soldier

Carol Townsend
The Galva City Council has voted to install a monument in Veterans Memorial Park in honor of Sgt. Schuyler Patch, who died while serving with the U.S. military in Afghanistan in February.

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.