Memorial Day Celebration

Memorial Day Celebration – Monday, May 31, 2021

Charles Sumner Post #25, Grand Army of the Republic Painting by Allen Johnson

Sumner Hall honored military veterans on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31st 2021 at Chestertown’s Memorial Park. This ceremony featured song and the spoken word which was conducted by Sumner Hall’s board members with participation from young members of the Rising Sons, GLOW and Minary’s Dream Alliance. This event carries on the tradition of the founding members of G. A. R. Post #25 who called attention to the service of Black and White veterans by conducting an annual parade and then placing flowers on the graves of veterans.

On May 5, 1868, a proclamation calling for Decoration Day to be observed annually and nationwide, was issued by General John A. Logan, Commander-in-Chief of the Grand “Army of the Republic. Now the federal holiday known as Memorial Day, it is the time set aside to honor military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for this ceremony. If you missed the ceremony you can watch it by clicking the button below.

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