CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
MEMORIAL DAY - 1933
I thought it might be interesting to see how the holiday was spent in Camden and the area in days gone by, as evidenced by news coverage of the day. I pulled one article so far from June 1, 1933 Camden Courier-Post. I'll pull more as I find them.
|Camden Courier-Post * June 1, 1933|
SERVICE HELD BY
services for seven "Unknown" of the Revolutionary War were held
by the Camden branch of the Salvation Army in a miniature cemetery in the
rear of the citadel at Fifth and Market streets.
Eighty-eight members of the Camden unit took part in the ceremonies under direction of Captain Charles W. Schaffer. Flowers were strewn above the graves during the services which closed with "taps" sounded by Sergeant Burdette Knopf.
|Camden Courier-Post * June 4, 1933|
Vets in Colorful Memorial Crowd Convention Hall
More than 2500 persons attended a
joint veterans memorial observance in Convention Hall
which followed a
parade of veterans and civic organizations yesterday afternoon.
The parade was headed by a squad of motorcycle
police under Acting Sergeant William Taylor. They were followed by the
band, headquarters, howitzer, medical and service companies of the 114th
Infantry in command of Capt. Mahlon
F. Ivins, Jr.
Then came the massed colors, National
Guard, Naval Reserve, Disabled American Veterans, John J. Pershing Camp
No.9, United War Veterans, Gen. John A. Mather Post No. 18, Spanish War
Veterans with their fife and drum corps and the Clara E. Waller Auxiliary;
Posts 518 and 980 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and their bugle corps;
Mt. Ephraim Junior Legion, No. 150; and, bugle corps; Public Service
American Legion Post and bugle corps; Westmont American Legion Post and
bugle corps; 50 Pennsylvania Gold Star Mothers led by Mrs. Mary E. Hewson;
Elks color guard and the Salvation
Army and band.
G. A. R. Vets In Line
Three veterans of the G. A. R., in
flag-draped automobiles, participated in
the parade. They were John W.
Coleman, 76, of 31 North Thirty-fifth
street, who served with the 19th Pennsylvania Cavalry; William A. Morgan,
93, of Clementon, who was with the 104th Doylestown Infantry, and Leonard
L. Roray, 89, of Glassboro, who served with Company H, Third New
Ceremonies at Convention Hall opened
with advance of the colors to the stage and invocation by Rabbi Nachmann
Rev. Charles Bratten Du Bell, former
chaplain of the 114th Infantry, delivered a memorial address, taking as
his subject the career of General "Stonewall" Jackson.
A. Wolverton after paying tribute to the G. A. R., Spanish American
and World War veterans, promised that Congress would make provisions to
support widows and orphans of veterans who need aid before adjournment
Criticizes Veteran Cuts
He attacked any plan for balancing the
national budget which does so at the expense of the veterans.
"There are two ways to balance
the budget,'" he said. "One is to take the money from the
veterans and federal employees. The other is to require wealth to
American Legion, Veterans of Foreign
Wars and United Spanish War Veterans memorial services and rituals also
featured the program. Rev. Lewis A. Hayes, of Westmont, pronounced the
benediction. C. Richard
Allen, past county commander of the American Legion, was master of
The committee included Samuel Magill, Jr., chairman; Edward A. Stark, A. F. Klein, Joseph A. Kohler, Joseph Whylings, James J. Burke, Norval McHenry, Charles Buzine, William Amberg, James Milne, William P. Breen, William Miller, William Reinholdt; Edward J. Wintering, William Eisele, William Lloyd, Joseph F. Markley, Frank Ellis, D. J. Connors, Joseph Lounsberry and Charles M. Jefferies..
|Camden Courier-Post * June 4, 1933|
No Flags for the Old Soldiers?
To the Editor:
Sir-I went out to Evergreen Cemetery
recently and would like to know why it is they have forgotten so many old
soldiers who fought in the war the same as the young soldiers did?
I have two grandfathers and a
father-in-law who fought in two different wars. Not only they but many
others in the back were forgotten.
I never forget the vets when they are
in need. I always do the best I can for them. Why can't they put a flag
once a year on the old soldiers' graves? They do on some of them, all in
the front of the cemetery. It has been four years, since a flag has been
on my father-in-law's grave.
I'm putting this in the Mail Bag
hoping some of you other people who have old soldiers will ask the same
question. Maybe the veterans will take notice and give the old soldiers a
flag next year
MRS. EDNA SNYDER.
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