Spring Grove Events

May 2017

Memorial Day Weekend Activities

5/25/2017 - 5/29/2017 |  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum

Memorial Day Weekend Activities

Memorial Day Weekend Activities 2017 

Thursday / May 25

4:30P – Cub Scouts will place flags at Civil War soldiers’ graves in Section 21, Spring Grove's Civil War section.  

7:30P – Ohio Military Band will kick off Memorial Day Weekend with a concert in the Rose Garden Gazebo.  


Friday / May 26 & Saturday / May 27

1:00P – Karen Weis and Dale Hoyt, two of Spring Grove’s expert Docents, will be available to give tours of the Norman Chapel as you visit the Veterans Tribute.  


Friday / May 26 – Monday / May 29

10:00A - 3:00P – The Veterans Tribute will be available for viewing in the Norman Chapel.    

9:00A – 5:00P – Spring Grove and Oak Hill Cemeteries will be accepting worn and tattered American flags throughout Memorial Day weekend.  The flags will be collected through June 27th at which time they will be ceremoniously retired in our Annual Flag Decommissioning Ceremony held in the Civil War Section of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum.  


Sunday / May 28

10:45A – The American Legion Post 372 will hold a ceremony with music beginning at 10:45A.  The ceremony will take place in Spring Grove's Civil War Section, Section 21.  

1:00P – Join Heather Amos, Spring Grove Docent, for a walking tour to learn about the Patriots and Pioneers of Cincinnati.  The tour will begin in Spring Grove's Civil War Section, Section 21.


Monday / May 29

11:00A– The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will be joined by the 6th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  Colonel Benjamin Begelow will address the crowd as part of the ceremony.   Colonel Bigelow assumed duties as the Deputy Commander of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division on August 26, 2015. The division has seven engineer districts totaling over 4100 people operating in a seventeen state area, and is charged with directing federal water resource development in the Great Lakes and Ohio River basins with infrastructure valued at over $80 billion. With an annual operating and construction budget exceeding $2 billion, missions include planning, construction and operations of navigation structures and flood damage reduction, hydropower, environmental restoration, water conservation, recreation and disaster assistance.

The Sister Anthony O’Connell Auxiliary #10 will be participating in the ceremony.  This group will be performing a historic custom dating back to 1868: 

A part of the Grand Army of the Republic Ritual dated May 1868 reads that  "May  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."  With the help of the audience, flower petals will be scattered over the graves of union soldiers.


Steve Ball Civil War Music – Steve Ball is a musician from Columbus Ohio specializing in the music of the American Civil War, and the music and life of Stephen Foster.  Steve has studied the American Civil War since his teens, and has devoted the past twenty years to studying the music of this era in American history.  Steve has done programs for the Ohio Statehouse, the National Civil War Museum, the American Civil War Museum of Ohio, and countless historical societies, genealogical societies, libraries, museums, Civil War Round Tables and other historical venues such as re-enactments or living history programs.     

12:30P – A presentation by Mr. Lincoln will be held in the Civil War Section, Section 21. 

1:15P – Join Mark Lager, Spring Grove Docent, for a walking tour showcasing the Civil War history at Spring Grove. The tour will depart from the Civil War Section, Section 21.   


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