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Memorial Day ceremony to be held

Join the General Thomas C. Fletcher Camp No. 47 – Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and the Louisa Volker Auxiliary No. 215 – Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, as they host and conduct a unique ceremony to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Memorial Day at 11 a.m. Monday in Hopewell Cemetery.

This will be performed by uniformed members of these groups, and will honor the important sesquicentennial of the Grand Army of the Republic’s General Order No. 11, in which General John A. Logan, G.A.R. commander-in-chief, initiated the first national, annual, Memorial Day observance.

The ceremony will consist of an adapted version of an 1880’s ritual, and will include a brief history of the day’s observance, placing of flags on the more than 50 Civil War Veterans’ graves in the cemetery, an honorary salute, and more.

Hopewell Cemetery is located off of Highway 8, approximately 7 miles east of Potosi, and just off of Elliot Road in the Village of Hopewell, Washington County, near the old Hopewell Union Church building. Everyone is invited to attend this once in a lifetime event.

For more information, contact D. Christopher Warren at 573-358-9465 or via email at the_civilwar_guy@yahoo.com.

A unique ceremony to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Hopewell Cemetery.

A unique ceremony to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Hopewell Cemetery.

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