On Wednesday, May 30 at 6 pm the Old Stone Fort Museum is set to host members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War for a traditional Decoration Day ceremony on the lawn of the Revolutionary War stone fort.
With the help of the public, the graves of Civil War soldiers will be decorated with flowers and the Schoharie County American Legion Honor Guard will honor veterans of America’s other wars.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Decoration Day, now known as Memorial Day.
In 1868 General John A. Logan, Commander-in-Chief of the Civil War veterans’ organization the Grand Army of the Republic, ordered that May 30 be, “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.”
The first Decoration Day observance in Schoharie County occurred in Cobleskill in 1877, by the Grand Army of the Republic, later succeeded by the Sons of Union Veterans.
Since 2009, the Corporal James Tanner Chapter of the Sons of Union Veterans have been re-creating this ceremony at the Old Stone Fort’s Civil War monument and in the nearby cemetery where some 34 Civil War gravestones are located.
The event is free and participation by the public is encouraged. For more information call (518) 295-7192.
The Old Stone Fort Museum Complex is located in the village of Schoharie at 145 Fort Road, off NY State Rt. 30, 2.5 miles south of Interstate 88 Exit 23. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm and from Noon to 5 pm on Sundays.