Annual General Meade Birthday Celebration
Major General George G. Meade (1815–1872)
Honor Ceremony & Champagne Toast

December 31, 2021 at Noon
at Historic Laurel Hill Cemetery
[Please arrive early to proceed to the grave]


11:30am – Concert of Civil War Era music by Beck’s Philadelphia Brigade Band

12:00pm – Parade Formation; March of Military Units, Civilians, Veterans and
Citizens step off for the grave of General Meade and wife Margaretta Meade

12:15pm – Call to order by M.C.; Introduction of Sponsors and VIP Invited Guests

12:25pm – Invocation by the Chaplain Albert El

12:30pm – Speakers address the life and career of General Meade

12:45pm – Musical Interlude by the Philadelphia Brigade Band

12:50pm – Keynote Speaker – Dr. Joseph Coleman, past Commander-in-Chief of MOLLUS

1:00pm – Wreath Layings (various groups)

1:15pm – Honor Volleys by the Firing Party commanded by Capt. John Green,
28th P.V. (Pennsylvania Volunteers);and other military groups followed by ‘Taps’

1:20pm – Musical Interlude by the Philadelphia Brigade Band

1:25pm – Benediction by Chaplain Albert El

1:30pm – Champagne Toast


Refreshments  courtesy of the General Meade Society opens at 1pm (donation requested)

Concert of period music by Beck’s Philadelphia Brigade Band

Toasting Continues

Tours of the Cemetery available (weather dependent)


The General Meade Society of Philadelphia, Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries, American Legion Post 405, Beck’s Philadelphia Brigade Band, Assorted Friends & Sponsors