Honoring fallen soldiers at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Laurel Hill Cemetery kicked off its 15th year of Memorial Day services with a traditional Civil War re-enactment on site in East Falls on Sunday. 

The group gathered at the resting place of General George Gordon Meade, hero of the Battle of Gettysburg, to perform the traditional Decoration Day service. 

The event included a rifle salute, speeches and musical performances by the Philadelphia Brigade Band. 

Master of Ceremonies, Andy Waskie, led several regiments of Civil War reenactors through the historic cemetery in honor of fallen soldiers at the Battle of Gettysburg.

One such soldier, was Sergeant Albert Bunn of the original Philadelphia Brigade Band, whose grave sight was previously unmarked until his identity was revealed this year.

The event was sponsored by the General Meade Society of Philadelphia, the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, American Legion Post #405, Post #1 Society, Union League, and Anna M. Ross Camp #1, Sons of Union Veterans.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.