Memorial Day Parade, Service & Reception (presented by the General Meade Society)

Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

The traditional Decoration Day service of the Grand Army Meade Post #1 will be recreated at historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, the site of the first Memorial Day Observance in Philadelphia in 1868. The entourage will gather at the resting place of General George Gordon Meade, hero of the Battle of Gettysburg, to perform the traditional service honoring all veterans who fell defending the nation. A wreath-laying, speeches and honor guards will enhance the ceremony. The event is co-sponsored in part by the General Meade Society of Philadelphia and the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery. Complimentary beer and refreshments courtesy of the Kearney Kommissary will be served after the service.


The event will take place on Sunday, May 26 at 12pm sharp. Visitors can enter through Laurel Hill’s Gatehouse at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.