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The GENERAL MEADE SOCIETY of PHILADELPHIA had several events scheduled for 2020 -2021 that due to the pandemic were unfortunately cancelled or postponed until later dates. Events and their details to be announced as more information is available. 


Saturday, November 21 at 10:30 am
Remembrance Day in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, PA.

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
Contact Jerry McCormick at (215) 848-7753 or for info.

Thursday, December 31 at noon
Annual General Meade Birthday Celebration
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. Arrive at 11:30am

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

2021 Events:

Sunday, January 17, 2021
General Meade Society Champagne Brunch & Awards Ceremony 
Join the Gen. Meade Society of Philadelphia for its annual DeLuxe Champagne Brunch & Awards Ceremony, presenting the Society ‘Award of Merit’
Cannstatter Volksfest Verein
9130 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114
To reserve: 215-848-7753 OR

Friday, February 12, 2021
Annual Lincoln Birthday Celebration Parade and Ceremonies
sponsored by the Union League of Philadelphia.

Civil War military units, civilians, and heritage groups are welcome and encouraged to march in the parade through Philadelphia to Independence Hall to honor President Lincoln on his birthday. Participants will gather at the Union League, 140 S. Broad St. by 10am. 

Complimentary parking is available at Laz Garage on the N.W. corner of 15th & Sansom St. only. There are no reimbursements for those who park elsewhere. Arrive between 9:00am – 10:00am and obtain a parking pass from a guard at the Sansom St. Entrance, opposite the Union League garage. Proceed to Laz garage at 114 S 15th St to park. Return to the Union League. Color Guards, Firing Party, music, and wreaths are appreciated. There will be a complimentary lunch for the participants at 12 noon. After the parade ALL are invited to return to the Union League via coach for refreshments and entertainment in the historic League House.
To register: Contact: Dr. Andy Waskie. 215-423-3930 or  

Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 11am
Annual Major Octavius V. Catto Honor Ceremony

Honor ceremony; wreath laying; military salute at the Catto Monument at the South Front of City Hall at 11:00am
Honoring the great African-American equal rights and military leader
Wreath-Laying ceremony. All military units, period civilians, veterans and heritage groups are encouraged to participate. Colors, wreaths and music encouraged.

Following the City Hall Ceremony: PA National Guard Award Luncheon & Medal Ceremony to follow at 12:30pm in the Union League for the ‘Major Catto Medal’ Award Ceremony
Contact: Mary O’Brien at the Union League to reserve lunch:   
Information: Dr. Andy Waskie

Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 12:30pm 
The Armed Services Council Presents
The Major OV Catto Awards
Ceremony & Luncheon

The Major Octavius V. Catto Honor Ceremony will begin at 11am, with lunch to follow. We will meet at the new OV Catto Monument at the S.W. corner of City Hall at 11:00am for the wreath laying and honor volleys and taps.
Honoring the great black equal rights and military leader with a wreath-laying ceremony. All military units, period civilians, veterans and heritage groups are encouraged to participate. Colors, wreaths and music encouraged. Then come back to the League for a delicious lunch starting at 12:30pm. There will be a signature/cash bar available. Price: $35 inclusive

Sunday, April 11, 2021     
21st Annual Annual Meade Society History Symposium at the Conservatory at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, PA

12 noon at the Conservatory at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Speakers on the topic – ‘The War with Mexico; Training Ground of the Civil War’
Contact: Jerry McCormick 215-848-7753; or
Featuring noted historians and speakers, and authors on the life and career of the Victor of Gettysburg, as well as books, prints and raffles. 12 Noon – 5PM
Conservatory at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Cost: $40 per person including registration; luncheon & refreshments
Contact: Jerry McCormick 215-848-7753;