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Beresford in Union County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Memorial Day Order

General Orders, No. 11.

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1. Memorial Day Order Marker
Inscription.  Headquarters
Grand Army of the Republic,
Washington, D.C. May 3, 1868.

I. 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 those 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.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose, among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines, who united to suppress the late rebellion." What can aid more to assure this result than by cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains and their deaths a tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves
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with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remains to 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 a sacred charge upon the nation's gratitude-the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.

II. It is the purpose of the commander in chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention
Memorial Day Order Marker, from the south image. Click for full size.
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2. Memorial Day Order Marker, from the south
to this order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

III. Department commanders will use every effort to make this order effective. By Command of–
N.P. Chipman, Adjutant General.
John A. Logan.
Commander in Chief.
In Memory Of The Grand Army Of The Republic.
Presented By
General G.M. Dodge Woman's Relief Corps No. 15,
Beresford, South Dakota,
May 30, 1937.

Erected 1937 by General G.M. Dodge Woman's Relief Corps No. 15.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is May 3, 1868.
Location. 43° 4.723′ N, 96° 46.909′ W. Marker is in Beresford, South Dakota, in Union County. Memorial is on South 8th Street south of West Oak Street, on the right when traveling south. Located in Bulow Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Beresford SD 57004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bulow Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Beresford Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Southeast South Dakota Experiment Farm
Memorial Day Order Marker, from the north image. Click for full size.
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3. Memorial Day Order Marker, from the north
(approx. 6.6 miles away); Archie M. Gubbrud (approx. 8.6 miles away); Alcester, South Dakota Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.6 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps Camp (approx. 8.6 miles away); Dalesburg School / Dalesburg Village (approx. 9˝ miles away); Dalesburg and Hub City (approx. 10.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beresford.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 11, 2022. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 11, 2022. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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