ANNUAL GENERAL MEADE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, December 31, 2016
It was a beautiful day at Historic Laurel Hill Cemetery to commemorate the birth of the great general! The General Meade Society marked its annual celebrate of the birth of General George G. Meade, Philadelphia’s heroic commander of the victorious Union army at the Battle of Gettysburg.
On December 31st Civil War re-enactors, local dignitaries, and people interested in history and tradition gathered to raise a champagne toast to the great general. The celebration began with a concert of Civil War era music from Beck’s Philadelphia Brigade Band. Then military units, civilians and veterans marched to the graveside of the Meade family for wreath-laying and speeches addressing the life of the General Meade. LTC Jon Peterson, US Army (Retired), of the American Legion Post 405 at the Union League, gave an inspirational keynote speech, followed by honor volleys by the Firing Party commanded by Capt. John Green, 28th Pennsylvania Volunteers. A haunting “Taps” was played, followed by a musical interlude, and finally a toast by all of the General’s favorite beverage, champagne. The party then was dismissed to the gatehouse for a tasty period repast and various beverages provided by the Meade Society and of the Kearney Kommissary.