Old Soldiers Home in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Memorial Day Order
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 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 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.
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 in us.
Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the 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 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 remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades, he earnestly desires the public press to call attention 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
John A. Logan, Commander-in-chief.
N. P. Chipman, Adjutant General.
Erected 1936 by National Woman's Relief Corps (the Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic).
Location. 38° 56.641′ N, 77° 0.602′ W. Marker is in Old Soldiers Home, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Harewood Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21 Harewood Rd, NW, Washington DC 20011, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); U. S. Soldiers' Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Totten (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Totten (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Totten (approx. 0.4 miles away); Winfield Scott (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Old Soldiers Home.
More about this marker. Marker is at the Logan Tomb inside the grounds of the U.S. Armed Forces Retirement Home (a.k.a. the U.S. "Soldiers'" or "Soldiers' and Airmen's"
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The John Logan Memorial Marker.
Also see . . .
1. Memorial Day. (Submitted on May 3, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. John A. Logan. (Submitted on May 3, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. Grand Army of the Republic. (Submitted on May 3, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
4. Find a Grave: "Famous" interments, Soldiers Home National Cemetery. (Submitted on June 19, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Gettysburg Address, G.A.R.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Heroes • War, US Civil •
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