Sunday, May 28th, marked the Annual Memorial Day Service at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Threatening rain clouds gave way and allowed the assembly of Civil War reenactors, their support organizations, and the general public to solemnly march to the gravesite of Major General George G. Meade, Commanding General of the Army of the Potomac.
Following the introductory session and invocation by Chaplain, Rt Rev. Gregory Ray, a keynote address by LTC (ret) Michael Rounds USMA – Class of 1988; the wreath laying service, honor volley and Taps, the sizeable gathering proceeded to four other veteran’s gravesites to dedicate their service with newly installed grave markers.
Finally, under the shadow of the monument respects were offered to the long-deceased veterans lying in the Meade Post #1 GAR plot and ALL veterans who have served and passed on.
Wreaths were laid; honor volleys fired and Taps played over the graves of the fallen, followed by a musical tribute by the Philadelphia Brigade Band. Afterwards a reception and refreshments were offered to all participants.
The General Meade Society gratefully acknowledges the support of Laurel Hill Cemetery, and the Memorial Day participating organizations and individuals who made this day possible!
THANKS to ALL who participated to make the Memorial Day Services at Laurel Hill Cemetery on Sunday, May 28, 2017 a GRAND success! With a special thanks to Tom Kearney, the Kearney Kommissary, the GMS executive Board, Jerry & Betty and everyone who contributed.
— Andy Waskie
Here are some photos from the day: