Memorial Day History
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.
The town of Center Harbor is installing a smoke detector system at the Schoolhouse.
The system has a detector in every room. If smoke is detected it will send a message to the Lakes Region
dispatch office. The hardware has been installed and soon be checked out by the company
that makes the system, then it will be activated.
Coming to your mailbox soon, the new 2013 Centre Harbor Historical Society membership book. Inside you will find a lot of great articles and the 2013 program line up. If you can’t wait you can find those programs on our website.
If you are not a member and feel left out, you can always join our society. Click here to print out a membership form.
2013 is going to be better than ever!