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Feb. 25: 11 a.m. Catto Memorial Service

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Start:
February 25, 2012 11:00 am
End:
February 25, 2012 12:00 pm
Venue:
Philadelphia streetcorner
Address:
Sixth and Lombard Streets, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Octavius Catto was born on February 22, 1839. There will be a memorial wreath-laying on Saturday to honor his life at Sixth and Lombard Streets, across from Mother Bethel Church. This will be a moment to remember an extraordinary man. Dan and I will be there. Anthony Waskie, a Temple university professor who has been a champion of Catto for many years, is the organizer of the event. Right after the wreath-laying, Waskie, Dan and I will be hurrying to the Union League to join other invited guests for the 12:30 awarding of the Catto Medal to a Pennsylvania National Guardsman.

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