LEWISTON – The George Armstrong Custer Post 7, Grand Army of the Republic Association, conducted Civil War ceremonies at the Riverside Cemetery on Memorial Day.

The ceremony was held in the section where 14 Civil War veterans are buried, with special emphasis at the grave of Stephen L.T. Marriner, who was a prisoner of war and died at the Confederate Salisbury Prison at the age of 20 in 1864.

The program opened with singing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” by the assembly and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Invocation was offered by the Rev. Donald L. Miller, commander (ret.) U.S. Navy Chaplains Corps.

The assembly sang “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” followed by the reading of Gen. John A. Logan’s Order 11 setting aside May 30, 1868, as Decoration Day by Ron Arneault, service officer, Longley-Dionne Post 9150, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Lincoln’s Gettysburg address was read by Bruce Hall, then an address, “The War of the Rebellion,” was given by Larry Mayes, Longley-Dionne Post. Jerry DerBoghosian, a member of the Custer Post, gave a history of Custer Post 7. “Taps” was sounded and “God Bless America” by the assembly closed the program.

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