Members of the Sons of Union Veterans at a previous memorial service. Submitted photo.
Members of the Sons of Union Veterans at a previous memorial service. Submitted photo.

GALLIPOLIS – Members of the local Cadot-Blessing Camp #126 SUVCW will conduct a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Pine Street Cemetery 9:00 am on Monday May 30, 2016.

Memorial Day was started in 1868 by the Grand Army of the Republic under the command of General John Logan. The GAR was the largest veterans organization in the country following the Civil War and General Order #11 started the tradition of decorating the graves of soldiers and honoring the veterans, this tradition is carried on today by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War which is a National Organization with over 200 camps in 37 states. The local camp will participate in the Memorial Day Parade to the Gallipolis City Park.

The ceremony is held at the Pine St. location due to the large number of Civil War graves located there along with four Confederate soldiers. There are several Civil War members of the United States Colored Troops also in the Pine Street Colored Cemetery just across the road.