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Memorial Day as always is a busy time for the Willard Camp.
This year we will be involved with two Memorial Day events.
This year of 2021 marks the 153rd anniversary of the issuing of General Order No. 11, by John A. Logan, Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and establishing May 30th “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in the defense of their country”. If you are available and can attend please contact Commander Richard Straight at your earliest convenience. We will need at least four Brothers for the Color Guard. All Brothers are encouraged to come and honor their Civil War ancestors and all who have died in defense of their county.
Saturday, May 29th Assemble @ 8:30 AM, Oakwood Cemetery, Troy arrive by 8:30 AM. We will meet at the Vanderheyden Memorial Bell at 8:30. Color Guard, Civil War, or Camp Uniform. Brother McEneny will be the guest speaker this year.
Sunday, May 30th, Decoration Day Ceremony Muster time @ 9:30 AM, Albany Rural Cemetery meet at the caretaker’s house. To fulfill our special obligation to participate in ceremonies in memory of the honored dead of our country. We will then proceed to the Soldiers and Sailors Plot and the GAR Plot and conduct our Memorial Day Program. We will then continue to Oakwood Cemetery for Memorial Day services at the Col. Willards and General Thomas gravesites and the Soldiers plot. We will have a Camp Color Guard, Bugler, and be in Civil War or Camp Uniform.
Please contact Commander Straight regarding the above events no later than Friday, May 28th.