April 20, 2018

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.

Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th 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 churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).

It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363). This helped ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays, though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

Independence Day

Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire.

In 1775, people in New England began fighting the British for their independence. On July 2, 1776, the Congress secretly voted for independence from Great Britain. Two days later, on July 4, 1776, the final wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved, and the document was published. The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was on July 8, 1776. Delegates began to sign the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776. In 1870, Independence Day was made an unpaid holiday for federal employees. In 1941, it became a paid holiday for them.

The first description of how Independence Day would be celebrated was in a letter from John Adams to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776. He described “pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations” throughout the United States. However, the term “Independence Day” was not used until 1791.

85th Annual Meeting

The 160th Semi-Annual Meeting will be held April 13, 2018 and the 85th Annual Meeting will be held April 14, 2018.

84th Annual Meeting

The 158th Semi-Annual Meeting will be held April 14, 2017 and the 84th Annual Meeting will be held April 15, 2017.

160th Semi-Annual Meeting

The 160th Semi-Annual Meeting will be held April 13, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

More information will be available soon.

159th Semi-Annual Meeting


159th Semi-Annual Meeting

September 10, 11, 12, AND 13

The group rate is $129.00 + $11.61 ($140.61) per day using code DCW. No deposit is required at the time of the reservation. Cancellations are accepted with no fee until 48 hours prior to arrival date.

Meal Reservations – DEADLINE:   1 August 2017

Schedule Of Events for September 10, 11, 12, And 13
The Dress Will Be Casual, Slacks Or Shorts, Until The Executive Meeting And The 159th Council Meeting On Wednesday. Let Us All Have Fun

Sunday Sepember 10 –
Arrive And Check In At The Hampton Inn, Bath, Maine
6:00 Pm – Dinner At J.R. Maxwell’s
The Welcome Room Will Be Open When Members Are In The Hotel

Monday September 11-
9:00 Am — Walk To “The Virginia Museum” Back By 11:30 For Lunch
12:30 Pm To 1:00 P.M — Travel To “The Maine Maritime Museum”
1:00 Pm To 2:00 P.M — A Guided Tour Of The Museum
2:00 Pm — A Cruise On The Kennebec River
5:00 Pm — Return To The Hotel
6:00 Pm — Dinner At J.R. Maxwell’s

Tuesday September 12
9:00 Am — Travel To The Popham Beach Area-Explore
The Archealogical Site, Popham Beach, And Popham Fort
11:30 Am — Lunch At “Spinney’s Restaruant” On The Beach
1:30 Pm — Travel To Freeport For Free Time To Shop
2:30 Pm Arrive At Freeport
4:30 Pm – Leave Freeport To
Return To Hotel About 5:30 Pm
6:30 Pm Dinner At “The Taste Of Maine”

Wednesday September 13
Men’s Group Will Go With Orman Hines, President Or Popham Colony, To “The Virginia”
9:00 Am — Executive Board Meeting
12:00 Pm — Lunch
1:00 Pm – 159th Semi-Annual Council Meeting

Thank You For Coming!

158th Semi-Annual Meeting

The 158th Semi-Annual Meeting will be held April 14, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

More information will be available soon.

157th Semi-Annual Meeting

ArmyNavyClubThe 157th Semi-Annual Meeting will be held October 23, 2016 at the Army-Navy Club in Washington, D.C.

More information will be available soon.

State Meeting-11 Nov 2017

Ridglea Country Club

Ridglea Country Club


Joint meeting with Governor Thomas Hinckley Chapter, CDXVIIC
TXDCW are the hosting group this year
Program: TBA
Speaker: TBA

State Meeting & 2017 Awards Luncheon

Joint Awards & Scholarships Luncheon

    Presentation of:

  • Grace C. Perkins Memorial Scholarship
  • Outstanding American History Teacher Award
  • Historic Research and Preservation Award

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