Sunday, April 8, 2018
12 Noon – 5 PM


Program Marking the 120th Anniversary
of the Spanish-American War (1898)

The 19th annual Meade Society Symposium was held at West Laurel Hill Cemetery on April 8th on a bright and sunny and brisk day.  Sponsored by the General Meade Society and the PA National Guard and the GAR Museum & Library, the symposium was well-attended and the audience most appreciative.

The day was highlighted by our capable and enthusiastic speakers, the lunch provided by the Kearney Kommissary, and the visit to the grave and commemoration of the grave of Martha Kimball, the Civil War nurse who inspired Memorial Day. (See attached photos below.)

In addition, the Meade Society would like to thank Jim Schmick and his Civil War and More for his participation in the event. Check his store out at his website and on Facebook!


12:00pm:        Welcome & Introductions

12:15pm:        The Navy in the Spanish-American War – Capt. Howard Serlick (USN ret.)
1:15pm:         Pennsylvania and the Spanish-American War – Col. Ken McCreedy (USA ret.)
 2:00pm:         Lunch with the Kearney Kommissary

An honor ceremony at the grave of Martha Kimball,

the ‘Mother’ of Memorial Day following lunch.

3:00pm:         The Pennsylvania National Guard in the Spanish-American War – Maj Gen. Wesley Craig (USA ret)
4:00pm:         Famous Spanish-American War Veterans at West Laurel Hill Cemetery
– Russ Dodge – Military Historian & Find A Grave Administrator
4:45pm:         Final Panel Q & A