Program to recall Civil War soldiers


LEWISTON – Members of the George A. Custer Post 7, Grand Army of the Republic Association, and the public are invited to a noon ceremony on Monday, Memorial Day, May 29k at the Riverside Cemetery, Summer Street.

All attending will gather at the grave site of Stephen Mariner, a soldier of the 31st Maine Infantry Regiment serving in the Civil War. He was captured and died in a Confederate Prison in Salisbury, N.C., at the age of 20. Also buried there are 12 members of the Custer Post 7, who also served in the Civil War. The area is called Soldier’s Field.

Flags will be placed on their graves and on the grave of George Leland, gunner, U.S. Navy, who was awarded the medal of honor for his participation in the Civil War.

The program will open with singing of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by the assembly. Jerry DerBoghosian will give the invocation.

Reading of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg address and of the 1868 designation of May 30 as Decoration Day will be held.

Larry Mayes will give the history of the Civil War followed by the history of the Custer Post 7, GAR, presented by DerBoghosian.

“Taps” will be played and the names of those Civil War veterans buried in Soldier’s Field will be read. “God Bless America” will be sung by the assembly to close the program.

The ceremony will be held rain or shine. For information, call DerBoghosian at 353-7435.