Memorial Day Service
May 30, 2016
Speakers: Janice Rettman- Ramsey County Commissioner
Robin Picray - American Legion 4th District
Music by Josh Eidsor
20th Annual Memorial Day Civil War Tour- FINAL YEAR
May 30, 2016
Memorial Day has its origins in the Civil War. Oakland Cemetery hosted the first observance of Memorial Day in St. Paul in 1870 and continuously every year since. Oakland is home of the final resting places of the most significant group of Civil War Soldiers in the state.
For the past 20 years Pat Hill has led visits to a number of their graves while providing narratives of their Civil War service and, in some cases, their post-war careers. This will be the final year of his tours.
Six governors with Civil War connections are buried here, the most at any cemetery in the state. More Civil War Medal of Honor recipients rest here than any cemetery in the state, including the first Minnesotan to receive the award. Seven commanders of Minnesota's eleven Civil War infantry regiments, two of three of her light artillery commanders, as well as some cavalry leaders lie here. Significant Minnesota contributions to the battles of Bull Run, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Shiloh and more will be discussed
The tour begins at noon, May 30th, rain or shine. Follow signs inside the cemetery to the starting point. This is a 2 hour walking tour over uneven ground. Wear comfortable shoes and carry some water. This tour is given free of charge and in honor of all veterans for the gift of their service to us.
Guide: Pat Hill 651-772-2027
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Various historic walking tours of the cemetery, several times each year.
All lectures conducted in the chapel. There is no fee required to attend these talks but free will offerings to the Oakland Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund will be gratefully accepted. Contact Patrick Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-772-2027 with questions, further details or updates.