Sunday, March 6, 2011

1905 Program of Memorial Day Exercises of G.A.R. Sedgwick Post #4, Bath, Maine



1905 Program for the Memorial Day Exercises of Sedgwick Post #4, Grand Army of the Republic, at Bath, Maine.  This item was found in the 1850s autograph book of Ellen A. Crooker of the Bath, Maine area.  Ellen married Hiram C. Cornish, who was born 26 February 1844 at Bowdoin, Maine.  


For more information on Ellen and Hiram, see the page at the Maine and Maritime Canada Genealogy network for Ellen A. Crooker and husband Hiram C. Cornish.   Also, use the search function about a quarter of the way down this page on the right to find other posts dealing with Ellen A. Crooker, Hiram C. Cornish, any other items of ephemera found in the autograph book or to view individual pages of the autograph book (an ongoing process).  


Transcription of the Program:


MEMORIAL DAY EXERCISES
Under the Direction of Sedgwick Post No. 4, G. A. R., Bath, Me., Tuesday, May 30, nineteen hundred and five.


The procession will form on Front street, right resting on Elm Street, at 2 P.M. sharp, in the following order:
Marshal, JAMES JONES
Aids, JOHN WILSON, DANIEL GUTHRIE
PLATOON OF POLICE
BRUNSWICK BAND
Co. C.N.G.S.M.
SONS OF VETERANS
POST SEDGWICK, NO 4
KENNEBEC NAVAL VETERANS


Disabled Comrades in Carriages - Children of Bath Military and Naval Asylum - Mayor - Chaplain - Orator of the Day - Members of the City Government
The procession will pass over the following route: Up Front to Summer, to Winter, to Middle, to North, to Oak Grove Cemetery, where the Memorial Services will be held at the G. A. R. Monument.  Music.
The column will then reform and pass through Lincoln street to Green, to High, to Soldiers' Monument; thence through Centre to Front, to Post Hall where the parade will be dismissed.
Flower Service at City Landing, by Kennebec Naval Veterans on the return of the procession from the Cemetery.  Music by Brunswick Band.
The following exercises will be held in the Wesley M. E. Church, at 7:30 P.M.
Music ..........................................................................Brunswick Band
Call to order...............................................................Commander
Reading to Orders......................................................Adjutant
Welcome.....................................................................Commander
Introduction of Mayor Crosby as presiding officer
Singing by School Children ......................................Miss Lillian Woodside, Directress
Prayer.......................................................................Rev. A. L. Gerrish
Reading of Lincoln's Address at Gettysburg............Past Dept. Commander Snipe
Reading of Roll of Honor.........................................Mayor Crosby
Singing, School Children.........................................Miss Lillian Woodside, Directress
Address....................................................................Rev. D. B. Holt
Benediction .............................................................Rev. A. L. Gerrish
Music.......................................................................Brunswick Band
      We would earnestly request of our citizens the observance of the day in a manner fitting to the memory of fallen comrades who endured hardships and death to maintain the unity of the Republic.  Let us recall the fact that we are beneficiaries of all that nobility of action, and of its long line of marvelous achievements of the broadening of the way down to our time.
     We respectfully ask that all business be suspended on Memorial Day, as a special mark of respect for the day by our citizens.
     All veterans, Army and Navy, in the city on this day, are cordially invited by Post Sedgwick to join with us in these exercises.
     Contributions of flowers will very materially aid us in performing the beautiful custom of the day.  All flowers designated for particular graves will receive our special care.  All decorations should be sent to Post Hall, Tuesday, forenoon, May 30.
                     Per Order,
                  COMMITTEE OF ARRANGEMENTS




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