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SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2015 --10:00 AM

Memorial Day Related Events for the Union League; Legion Post 405; and the Major Maceuen Civil War Round Table

Gravesite placement of veterans’ flags at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Meet at the gatehouse of Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue, in Philadelphia {215-228-8200} at 10:00 AM. The group assembled will place US flags on the graves of veterans’ of all wars. As time and manpower permit, the cemeteries to be covered include Laurel Hill, Mt. Peace & St. James the Less. Refreshments and lunch provided. All welcome!​​

​1865 - ‘Union preserved and a New Birth of Freedom’

1865: The End of the Civil War & Lincoln Assassination ​Sesquicentennial Year

1865 Exhibit Opening at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Tours and Reception - focusing on the principal participants in the actions of 1865 at the 150th Anniversary. Sunday, ​May 17, 2015 starting at 1:00pm - The End of the Civil War & Lincoln Assassination -Sesquicentennial Year 1865

From 2011 through 2015, states, cities and institutions across the United States, including Laurel Hill Cemetery, will mark the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. Many of those who engaged in battle, fighting on the sides of both the Union and Confederacy, or on the homefront now rest at Laurel Hill. The site also holds sacred the remains of many prominent Civil War-era Philadelphians, including volunteer nurses, surgeons, and supporters of the war effort.

The End of the Civil War & Lincoln Assassination will highlight an elite group of military figures and citizens whose contributions to the war and war effort together epitomize the stories of the peoples who lived during and through this stirring era in our nation’s history. ​​

Laurel Hill Cemetery. 3822 Ridge Ave., Phila. PA 19132 / www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org

The program will be co-presented by Temple University professor, president of the General Meade Society and author of Philadelphia and the Civil War, Dr. Andy Waskie; and independent researcher, historian and co-founder of www.findagrave.com, Russ Dodge.

The tour and opening of the exhibit will commence at Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free Parking is available
(215) 228-8200 or online at www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org

Since 2011, across the U.S., and including Laurel Hill Cemetery, the 150th Anniversary of the of the Civil War has been commemorated. Many of those engaged in battle, fighting on the sides of both the Union and Confederacy, or active on the home front rest at Laurel Hill. The site also holds sacred the remains of many prominent Civil War-era Philadelphians, including volunteer nurses, surgeons, and supporters of the war effort. Since April 2011, Laurel Hill has featured a commemorative Sesquicentennial Exhibition which highlights an elite group of military figures and citizens whose contributions to the war and war effort together epitomize the stories of the peoples who lived during and through this stirring era in our nation’s history. These figures continue to be a focus of the exhibit throughout the 150th Anniversary (2011-2015).

The exhibit will open to feature Laurel Hill’s 2015 notables, who comprise those remembered for the important roles they played in the final ​critical ​year of war 1865. The opening reception will be preceded by a walking tour featuring some of the 1865 notables included in the exhibit. It will be led by Temple University professor, president of the General Meade Society, and author of Philadelphia and the Civil War, Dr. Andy Waskie.

Advance registration is requested. RSVP by calling 215.228-8200 or emailing tours@thelaurelhillcemetery.org​​

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SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2015 at 12 NOON

Annual Memorial Day Observed at Historic Laurel Hill Cemetery,
Philadelphia, PA.


Recreating 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, 2015 at 12 noon. All are welcome to attend and participate in the ceremony.

Laurel Hill is the site of the first Memorial Day Observance in Philadelphia on this date in 1868. A ​Special bronze veterans’ marker will be dedicated at the grave of Pvt. Joseph White, Co F, 71st P.V.​

Speakers, ceremonies and pageant will highlight this special ceremony. Afterwards the entourage will gather at the grave of General Meade, hero of Gettysburg to perform the traditional service to honor all veterans who fell defending the Nation. Wreath-laying, speeches, music and honor guards will enhance the ceremony.

Historical groups, veterans, and citizens are urged to participate. Wreaths, military contingents, color guards, music and period civilians are encouraged to participate.
Refreshments served after the ceremony. Tours of the historic cemetery available.

Co-sponsored by the General Meade Society of Philadelphia; Friends of Laurel Hill; American Legion Post #405; Patriotic Order Sons of America; Union League; Sons of Union Veterans​; 71st Pennsylvania Reenactors​
For information, call: 215-228-8200​​

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MONDAY, MAY 25TH at 12 NOON

Special Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 25th, 2015 at 12 Noon

The National Holiday at Christ Church Burial Ground at 5th & Arch St.

The final resting place of five (5) Signers of the Declaration of Independence, including Benjamin Franklin! The Benjamin Franklin American Legion Post #405 of the Union League will place a wreath representing the American Legion Post, commemorating the services of all veterans!

There will be a special veteran’s marker dedication for Major Charles I. Maceuen, a founding member of the Union League KIA at the Battle of Lewis Farm, VA. of the 198th Pennsylvania Volunteers (6th Union League Regiment)

ALL are welcome!

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2015 at 6:00 PM


TWO HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY DINNER
FOR GENERAL GEORGE GORDON MEADE

Meade Room at the Union League of Philadelphia

This dinner follows the 95th Anniversary of 1910 by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; and the 140th Anniversary of the awarding of the 4th Gold Medal of the Union League to General Meade in 1866.

There will be honored guests, toasts, testimonials, follow by dinner and special awards.

[PRICE AS YET TO BE DETERMINED.]

Co-sponsored by: General Meade Society of Philadelphia; American Legion Post 405; Armed Services Council of the Union League; Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League; Major Maceuen Civil War Round Table; and the Loyal Legion.​

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2015 - 6:30 - 9:30 PM - GETTYSBURG

GENERAL MEADE AT HIS 200TH ANNIVERSARY- SYMPOSIUM

Reflections on Meade's decisive role as victorious commander of the Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg.

Battlefield guides and scholars will present on General Meade and the Battle.

At the Gettysburg Heritage Center -  6:30 - 9:30 PM

Register: http://www.gettysburgmuseum.com/

Stephanie Lightner
Phone: 717-334-6245; slightner@gettysburgmuseum.com

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015 AT REMEMBRANCE DAY IN GETTYSBURG, 10:00 AM

General Meade & his Generals and the veterans of the Battle of Gettysburg Honor/Dedication Ceremonies during the Remembrance Day Observance. Honoring all commanders and veterans of the Battle.

Please meet at the Pennsylvania Monument along Hancock Ave. at 10:00 AM; then proceed to the Meade Equestrian Monument at 10:30am for traditional honor ceremonies and wreath layings.

Contact Jerry McCormick at (215) 848-7753 or gedwinmc@msn.com for info. 

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2015 - NOON

ANNUAL GENERAL MEADE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

2015 will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of General Meade and his and Margaretta’s 175th wedding anniversary.  The General Meade Society of Philadelphia will celebrate these events at Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue, where the victor of the Battle of Gettysburg is buried. 

A military parade and ceremony will commence at 12 noon.  Military and civilian living historians are encouraged to participate.  Visitors and participants are asked to gather at the Gatehouse at 11:30 a.m.  A champagne toast and reception will follow the ceremony.  A tour of the cemetery will be offered. For directions, call 215-228-8200.

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