Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 27th, Noon

Join us at the Civil War monument and flagpole for a special event on Memorial Day.  More details to come, but we will honor Memorial Day and also commemorate the history of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization founded April 6, 1866 for veterans of the Civil war. Beltrami Park has a unique history with the civil war, including a monument dedicated to the Grand Army of the Republic.

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan issued a proclamation calling for “Decoration Day” to be observed annually and nationwide; he was commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republicⁱ, thus the G.A.R. helped create Memorial Day as a national Holiday. In the half decade after the Civil War, the G.A.R. and its auxiliary were typically the sponsors of the ceremonies held at cemeteries on Memorial Day.  The last living member of the Grand Army of the Republic was Albert Woolson of Duluth, MN. He died on August 2, 1956, and thus the Grand Army of the Republic ceased to be.

Special guests include National Guard, Color Guard, the Grange, and Brass Quintet. More information to come.