Forest Lawn Memorial Day 2016

An excerpt from General John A. Logan's Memorial Day Order...

General Order No. 11

Washington, D.C., May 5,1868

The 30th day of May 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.  In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit...

...If other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the column trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us...

...Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude, -the soldier's and sailors widow and orphan.

It was an honor to be part of the Forest Lawn Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony organized by the Sons and Daughters of the Union Volunteers of the Civil War along with the 155th New York Volunteer Infantry and the Union Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps.  

The ceremony takes place each year at the Grand Army of the Republic Monument in Section 14.  Although this section is dedicated to those who died in the American Civil War, Memorial Day is to honor all of those who paid the ultimate price for this country.  Ray Ball Jr. played taps dressed as a doughboy from WWI to also pay tribute to those soldiers as well.

Please see the gallery "Forest Lawn Memorial Day 2016" to see all of the images from this event...

Fife and Drum

Fife and Drum

Singing "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"

Singing "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"

Rest on arms

Rest on arms