GENERAL MEADE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
SUNDAY DECEMBER 31st, 2017 at NOON
at LAUREL HILL CEMETERY
The annual General Meade Birthday Celebration will mark the 202nd anniversary of the birth of General George G. Meade, commander of the Union Army at the Battle of Gettysburg. A parade of Civil War re-enactors, civilians in period attire, special dignitaries, heritage groups and participants will advance to Meade’s final resting place and memorialize his services to his nation. A 21-gun salute and champagne toast will cap off the program at graveside, and will be followed by a reception in the Cemetery Gatehouse. A tour of historic Laurel Hill Cemetery will be offered following the festivities (weather permitting).
The event will take place on Sunday, December 31 at 12:00pm, departing from 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.
This year’s speaker will be Tom Huntington, author of Searching for George Gordon Meade: The Forgotten Victor of Gettysburg. [https://searching4meade.com/about/]
The event is free and open to the public. Donations are greatly appreciated to preserve historic Laurel Hill Cemetery and offset the cost of food and beverage provided by the General Meade Society’s Kearney Kommissary. Thank you!
Additional information can be found online at: www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org or by calling (215) 228-8200. [https://thelaurelhillcemetery.org/events/general-meades-birthday]
The party will then proceed to the Laurel Hill Gatehouse for a tasty period repast and various beverages provided by the Meade Society and of the Kearney Kommissary.
COME ONE AND ALL TO HONOR THIS GREAT AMERICAN!