Logan’s Memorial Day Order
— Ohio Soldier’ and Sailor’ Orphans’ Home —
Headquarters Grand Army of the Republic, Washington, D.C., May 5, 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 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. We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose, among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and 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 death a tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard
II. It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope 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
III. Department commanders will use every effort to make this order effective.
By command of:
JOHN A. LOGAN,
N. P. CHIPMAN,
Presented in memory of Mrs. Sarah B. Richter, Past Presedent Dept. of Ohio, Women’s Relief Corps, Auxiliary to the G.A.R. of the Cincinnati W.R.C. Hospital Committee, June 3rd, 1937.
Erected 1937 by Dept. of Ohio, Women’s Relief Corps, Auxiliary to the G.A.R.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is May 5, 1868.
Location. 39° 40.213′ N, 83° 55.241′ W. Marker is in Xenia, Ohio, in Greene County. Marker is on Elliot Drive, on the left when traveling east. Marker is to the left of the front door, Ohio Soldier’ and Sailor’ Orphans’ Home Ohio Veterans’ Childrens’ Home AXP Museum on the campus of the Legacy Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 650 Elliott Dr, Xenia OH 45385, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Honor (a few steps from this marker); Civil War Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Xenia Station
Additional keywords. Women’s Relief Corps
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