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The GENERAL MEADE SOCIETY of PHILADELPHIA has several events scheduled for the upcoming year. Other events to be announced as more information is available. 

Sunday, November 10, 2019 – US Marine Corps Birthday Observance 
At the grave of General Jacob Zeilin, 7th Commandant of the Marine Corps; a Veterans’ Day Tour follows ‘Servicemen Killed in Action’ Tour – at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia at 11am. Keynote speaker. Marine Corps Ceremony. Honor guards, flags and wreaths welcome. Call 215.228.8200 for details.

Saturday, November 23, 2019Remembrance Day in Gettysburg
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 10:30am for traditional honor ceremonies and wreath layings. Contact Jerry McCormick at (215) 848-7753 or for info.

Saturday, December 14, 2019 starting at 10:00 am – Wreaths Across America – Wreath Placement at the Graves of Veterans
Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery; Legion Post 405; and the General Meade Society and friends and supporters will join together to honor veterans for the holiday season during Wreaths Across America Day.

All are welcome. Parking is available in designated parking areas. Meet at the Gatehouse

Ceremonial wreaths will be placed to commemorate as many soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who served, as are donated, to honor their sacrifices and to teach younger generations about the cost of our freedoms. The wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and POW/MIA will be placed on veterans’ graves and at the Silent Sentry memorial at a ceremony that will be coordinated simultaneously at over 1,000 participating locations all across the Country. 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 – Annual General Meade Birthday
The General Meade Society, Laurel Hill Cemetery and others will mark the 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., Philadelphia where the noble hero is interred. The military parade and ceremony will commence at 12 noon. Military and Civilian Living Historians are encouraged to participate! Visitors and participants are asked to gather at the Gatehouse of Laurel Hill at 11:30AM.The parade of Civil War reenactment units, civilians in period attire, heritage groups, and participants will process to the final resting place of the Victor of Gettysburg and memorialize his services to the nation.

A champagne toast and reception will follow the program. A tour of the historic cemetery will be offered (weather permitting). This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Meade birthday celebration by the General Meade Society.
For directions, call: 215-228-8200 Laurel Hill Cemetery. For information and registration call Dr. Andy Waskie at 215-423-3930 or