GAR Memorial Day badge, Pittsfield, ca. 1904

Contributed by Pittsfield Historical Society


Members of the GAR Stephen Davis Post #11 likely wore this badge at the special Memorial Day service held in 1904, at the dedication of the Soldiers' Monument and the Pittsfield Public Library.

John Logan, Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) issued a general order in 1868 designating May 30th as a "day for strewing with flowers the graves of comrades in defense of their country." Originally called Decoration Day, the holiday later evolved into what is now called Memorial Day.

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  • Title: GAR Memorial Day badge, Pittsfield, ca. 1904
  • Creator: GAR Stephen Davis Post #11
  • Creation Date: circa 1904
  • Subject Date: circa 1904
  • Town: Pittsfield
  • County: Somerset
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on ribbon, brass
  • Dimensions: 23.0 cm x 6.2 cm
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Pittsfield Historical Society
114 Central Street, Pittsfield, ME 04967
(207) 487-4926

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