Memorial Day Weekend Activities 2019
Thursday / May 23
5:00P – Cub Scouts will place flags at Civil War soldiers’ graves in Section 21, Spring Grove's Civil War section.
7:00P – Ohio Military Band will kick off Memorial Day Weekend with a concert in the Rose Garden Gazebo.
Friday / May 24 & Saturday / May 25
1:00P – Dale Hoyt and Karen Wais, Spring Grove Expert Docents, will be available to give tours of the Norman Chapel as you visit the Veterans Tribute.
Friday / May 24 – Monday / May 27
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 24th at which time they will be ceremoniously retired in our Annual Flag Decommissioning Ceremony on June 25th held in the Civil War Section of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum.
Sunday / May 26
CANCELLED – The American Legion Post 372 has been a part of Spring Grove’s Memorial Day tradition for many years. Unfortunately, they will NOT be holding their ceremony this year. This is an aging group and they are no longer able to come to Spring Grove.
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, under the white tent.
Monday / May 27
11:00A – The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will be joined by the 6th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. 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.
11:45A – 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 a 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.