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Memorial Day.--general Orders, No. 22

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Joseph T. Jacobs, aid-de-camp to thecommander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, has received the following general order from department headquarters: Headquarters Grand Army of the ltepublic. Butland, Vt., April 22, 1891. I. Again the warm spring sun reminds us that Memorial Day with its time-honored observance is near at hand. Regulations are so explicit upon this subject that no formal order urging this sacred duty upon the Posts is necessary. For the twenty-third time since the 3oth of May was designated for this purpose by Comrade Logan, then commander-in-chief, it is our privilege to render special homage to the memory of our comrades who answer to roll cali on earth no more, to pledge ourselves anew in united and solemn chorus to the great principies for which they died, and for the perpetuation of which this Mighty Order is now maintained. Let no grave be unvisited, no comrade be forgotten, and as our children and children's children shall ask, '-What mean ye by this service?" let us point them to the sacrifices of our comrades whom death has mustered out forever, and whose devotion to duty made possible this golden era of our Nation, which to-day under one flag is marching on to its glorious destiny; a future assured to this and the coming generations by the conflicts and victories of the period which this day recalls and signalizes. Standing by these sacred mounds let us urge that never, while the flowers shall wake to life; while the released waters shall course from the mountains to the sea; while the emancipated earth shall with each returuing spring wave its banners of green: shall these memorial services be unperformed or the achievements they celébrate be forgotten. Let the day be in no manner diverted from its true purpose, but let it be made to teach to the fullest extent its great lesson of Patriotism. II. Post Commanders are reminded that their arrangements for Memorial Day should invariably include attendance by the Post in a body upon some form of divine worship upon the preceding Sunday. This custom has become, and deservedly so, very general, and its appropriateness and desirability are apparent. Some minister of the Gospel should be invited to deliver a suitable sermón upon this occasion, and posts should, if practicable, appear in uniform and display their badges and colors, striving in every way to render this a fitting preliminary to our great annual observance. III. In some departments the custom prevails of having the school children co-operate, the session of school preceding Memorial Day beingdevoted to patriotic teachings emphasized by the presence at each school of some comrade of the order, and the children asked to share in providing flowers for the following day, and assured that in so doing they become directly identified with the praise-worthy service of Memorial Day. It is recommended that the post commanders, so far as possible, detail comrades who in uniform may appear before each school and briefly suggest action bs above.