Roseville remembers Alyn ButlerBy: Roseville Press Tribune Photography by Philip Wood
Roseville's only battlefield casualty in World War I was honored Wednesday during a memorial ceremony exactly 94 years after his death.
The event took place at the gravesite of Alyn Butler in the Roseville Cemetery on Berry Street to honor the man who died at 19 years old in 1918. The ceremony also served as an opportunity for his family and members of American Legion Alyn W. Butler Post 169 to share his story.
During the last week of May, his great-nephew Harry Butler walked Vernon Street at lunchtime and asked about 50 people if they knew of Butler - no one did.
"I too didn't know who Alyn Butler was," Roseville Mayor Pauline Roccucci said at the ceremony. "I'm glad to be here to get to know the family and that young man who gave his life in World War I."
~ Sena Christian