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Memorial Day Observed at Laurel Hill
May 26, 2024
12:00 pm

Original G.A.R. Decoration Day Service of 1868 at 3822 Ridge Ave. Philadelphia 12 noon. 

All are welcome.

Laurel Hill is the site of the first Memorial Day in Philadelphia in 1868.

Special markers and new gravestones will be dedicated at the previously unmarked gravesites of two U.S. service veterans, one of WWI, Hyler Davidyan, and a second who served during Civil War, LT. Albert B. Lapsely.

  • Hyler Davidyan WWI veteran Medic/Ambulance Driver. Legion Tioga Post 319 member.
  • Lt. Albert B. Lapsely  Co. H, 72nd Pennsylvania Volunteers Philadelphia Brigade.

Speakers, ceremonies, and pageant will highlight the ceremony. 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.

Refreshments served after the ceremony. 

For additional information, call: 215-228-8200 

Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

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Special Memorial Day Observance
May 27, 2024
1:00 pm

Special Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 27, 2024 at 1PM – the National Holiday at Christ Church Burial Ground at 5th & Arch St. The final resting place of five (5) Signers of the Declaration of Independence, including Benjamin Franklin and many military veterans of all eras! 

The Benjamin Franklin American Legion Post #405 of the Union League will place wreaths representing the American Legion Post, commemorating the services of all veterans at the grave of Major Charles I. Maceuen, Major, 198th Pennsylvania Volunteers (6th Union League Regiment), KIA at the Battle of Lewis Farm, Va. March 29, 1865; a special ceremony honoring Comdr. John Montgomery Dale USN a veteran of the War of 1812.

Parking along Arch St. along the cemetery.

Representing all veterans! 

Christ Church Burial Ground
5th and Arch street
Philadelphia, PA

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Major Octavius V. Catto Honor Ceremony
October 5, 2024
11:00 am

Honor ceremony; wreath laying; military salute at the Catto Monument at City Hall in Philadelphia at 11:00am

Honoring the great Black equal rights and military leader

Wreath-Laying ceremony. All military units, period civilians, veterans and heritage groups are welcome. Colors, wreaths, and music encouraged.

Following the City Hall Ceremony, PA National Guard Medal Ceremony at 12:30pm in the Union League for the ‘Major Catto Medal’

Information: Dr. Andy Waskie

Philadelphia City Hall
1 S. Penn Square
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Observance
November 9, 2024
11:00 am

Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia 3822 Ridge Ave – Saturday, November 9, 2024 at 11:00am

US Marine Corps Birthday Observance at the grave of General Jacob Zeilin, 7th Commandant of the Marine Corps during the Civil War. A special ‘Veterans’ Day tour of heroes ‘killed in action’ and buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery will follow.

Call 215.228.8200 for details. 

Co-sponsored by: The Legion Post 405; MOLLUS; General Meade Society
Dr. Andy Waskie or 215-423-3930

Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

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Remembrance Day in Gettysburg
November 16, 2024
10:00 am

General Meade & his Generals and the veterans of the Battle of Gettysburg Honor/Dedication Ceremonies during the Remembrance Day Observance.

Honoring all commanders and veterans of the Battle. Meet at the General Meade Equestrian Monument at 10:00am
Contact Jerry McCormick at (215) 848-7753 or for info

Gettysburg National Military Park
1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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Wreaths Across America
December 14, 2024
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

National Wreaths Across America Day will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2024 at Laurel Hill Cemetery at 10am – 12 noon.

Join the more than two million volunteers and supporters who will gather to Remember, Honor and Teach at more than 4,225 participating locations in all 50 states, at sea and abroad.

Wreaths Across America – Wreath placement at the graves of veterans

Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery; Legion Post 405; and the General Meade Society will place wreaths on veterans’ graves at Historic Laurel Hill Cemetery

Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

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Annual General Meade Birthday Celebration
December 31, 2024
12:00 pm

Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA. Tuesday, December 31, 2024

Annual General Meade Birthday Celebration will mark the 209th annual anniversary of the birth of General George G. Meade, heroic commander of the victorious Union army at the Battle of Gettysburg.

The General Meade Society of Philadelphia will celebrate his birthday at Historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. at noon. A champagne toast and reception will follow the program. For directions, call: 215-228-8200 Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

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