Memorial Day Observation


May 28, 2023    
12:00 pm

Memorial Day Observed at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia Sunday, May 28, 2023

Original G.A.R. Decoration Day Service of 1868

All are welcome.

Laurel Hill is the site of the first Memorial Day in Philadelphia in 1868.
Special veterans’ markers will be dedicated at the graves of previously unmarked veterans.

  • Army Chaplain Rev. Martin Harmstead, 5th PA Volunteer Cavalry (died in service)
  • Captain John Worthington Williams. 6th PA Volunteer Cavalry: Staff Officer to General Meade

Speakers, ceremonies, and pageant will highlight the ceremony. Afterwards the entourage will gather at the grave of General Meade, hero of Gettysburg to perform the traditional service to honor all veterans who fell defending the Nation. Wreath-laying, speeches, music, and honor guards.

Historical groups, veterans, and citizens are urged to participate. Wreaths, military contingents, color guards, music and period civilians are encouraged to participate.