Saturday, November 11 from 11am to 1pm
On November 11, 1918 the world rejoiced as The Great War ended with the Armistice. Nine million were dead and over twenty-one million wounded. Combat wasn’t the only cause of death for soldiers; disease, exposure and starvation killed approximately five million. What was life like during those four years? Now, one hundred years later, The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery will explore the answer to this question in a new exhibit entitled, “The End of the Great War: A Soldier’s Life.” Read the poignant verses written by private Erwin Clarkson Garrett of Company G, 16th Infantry, First Division, of the American Expeditionary Forces in France during his time in the trenches. Also on display will be authentic World War I artifacts from the 28th Pennsylvania Iron Division.
The exhibit opens to the public on November 11, 2018 and will be on display through March 1, 2019 in Laurel Hill Cemetery’s museum. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, November 11 from 11:00am to 1pm. At the start of the reception, a bell ringing ceremony, salute and wreath laying in honor of all veterans buried at Laurel Hill will be held promptly at 11am in the main courtyard. The ceremony and exhibit reception are free of charge and open to the public.
Assemble at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP in advance online.