Hosted by the General Meade Society on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Recreating the Original G.A.R. Decoration Day Service of 1868: The traditional Decoration Day service of the Grand Army Meade Post #1 will be recreated at Historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. Philadelphia on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 12 noon. Selected representatives of the sponsoring groups will attend and participate in the ceremony using physical distancing measures. Laurel Hill is the site of the first Memorial Day Observance in Philadelphia on this date in 1868.
Special veterans’ grave markers will be dedicated at the graves of veterans. Afterwards we will move to the grave of General Meade, hero of Gettysburg to perform the traditional service to honor all veterans who fell defending the Nation. Wreath-layings will enhance the ceremony.
Unfortunately, we will not feature our usual band, music, refreshments nor beverages in keeping with the health concerns of the pandemic.
Co-sponsored by the General Meade Society of Philadelphia; Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries; American Legion Post #405; MOLLUS, et. al.. For information, e-mail – email@example.com
The ceremony will be recorded and shared here and in our social media channels so that guests can watch the ceremony from home.