Release from the New Castle Historical Society:
New Castle Historical Society Hosts Memorial Day Ceremony
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. The New Castle Historical Society continues its Civil War commemorative programming on Monday, May 30, with a traditional Memorial Day ceremony to remember local Civil War veterans in Old New Castle.
Originally called "Decoration Day" the nationâ€™s first official Memorial Day was observed on May 30, 1868 with flowers placed on the graves of Civil War soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Since Memorial Day 2011 once again falls on the 30th of May, it is a perfect opportunity to remind ourselves of the holidayâ€™s original purpose.
This ceremony will begin at the New Castle Court House Museum on Delaware Street at 10:00 a.m. Following a brief ceremony with special guest Major General (Ret.) Frank Ianni, the Society will lead a walk to several nearby cemeteries including Immanuel Church, St. Peter’s and Mount Salem. At each cemetery, the names of Civil War veterans interred there will be read, flower petals sprinkled on their graves, and Taps will be played. A Civil War color guard will accompany the group to each cemetery. The cemetery walk should end about 12:15 p.m.
This program is offered by the New Castle Historical Society in partnership with the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and New Castle’s local churches. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
For more information about this and other Civil War programs this year please visit www.newcastlehistory.org.