West Jersey Pioneer (Bridgeton, Cumberland, NJ)
Friday, May 28, 1869
Decoration of Soldiers’ Graves
On Saturday of this week this beautiful and touching memorial service over the graves of our departed soldiers, is to be performed all over the Union. We are confident that the people of Bridgeton will not be behind other communities in their appreciation of this solemn festival, and that large numbers will testify their appreciation of the soldiers’ memory by floral contributions as well as personal attendance. We repeat the notice of last week that persons having flowers to donate can leave their names at the stores of Garrison & Bright, T. Fletcher Jacobs, G. W. R. DeYoung and Mr. Moore, while those who may prefer bringing them themselves, can leave them at the hall in Carll’s building, on the morning of that day. The ladies are invited to come to the hall, both on Friday evening and Saturday morning, to assist in the preparation of the flowers. We hope that the participation in this ceremony will be so general as to make it one ofthe most interesting occasions which our citizens have known.
We understand that the citizens of Shiloh and vicinity will decorate the graves in their burial ground, on Sunday afternoon next, at 4 o’clock. A public meeting will be held in the church of that place, at which time addresses will be made by Rev. W. B. Gillette, Prof. O. U. Whitford, Hon. C. H. Sheppard, and others. These exercises will no doubt be highly interesting.