HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

1. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from hishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.

2. It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

3. Department commanders will use efforts to make this order effective.

By order of

JOHN A. LOGAN,
Commander-in-Chief

N.P. CHIPMAN,
Adjutant General

Official:
WM. T. COLLINS, A.A.G.

Discussion - 5 Comments
  1. Shirley

    May 23, 2014  at 10:04 pm

    Thank you , we should always be reminded of what so many gave so much to preserve our freedom. God Bless America

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  2. Sharon K

    May 23, 2014  at 10:04 pm

    SHARON K
    May 22, 2014
    Thank-you, for lotting me share this time with whom ever reads, I thank God for al the
    men and women who did sacrificed everything for our freedom, God Bless them all.
    and God Bless America.

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  4. Kenneth

    May 26, 2014  at 10:04 pm

    I thank God for all the men and women who sacrifice time with their loved ones to keep us safe on a daily basis. We must never forget the ones that made the ultimate sacrifice for us so we can live free. You guys will never be forgotten.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA

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  5. Daniel Boyer

    May 27, 2014  at 10:04 pm

    Thank you for this, I’ve read Gen Logan’s Gen Order 11 on Menorial Day events for many years. We must educate the youth of America…………. & RE-educate Many of the Adults !!! FREEDOM IS NEVER FREE !! We Must NEVER forget those who died, or was Maimed, Or who are alive but Suffer the Mental Agonies of Post War Sindrome. & The VA has further done them Wrong! AMERICA, WE MUST AS A NATION GET RIGHT WITH GOD !!! & Truely Help & stand by out Vets! & there Families. From Bunker Hill to Irac Many have gave All, So That we may be Free in This Constitutiomal Republic We call Home. MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON AMERICA Amen TSgt Daniel Boyer USAF (Ret.)

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