Friends of Forest Hill Cemetery

         Memorial Day Service 2009

                                                                                   On May 30th, the "real" Memorial Day, the Gilman E. Sleeper, Camp #60 Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War and its Auxiliary, held a service at the gravesite of Pvt. William L. S. Tabor, recipient of the Medal of Honor.  This is the second year we have honored a Derry Civil War soldier and we had some new faces participating in our ceremony.  

    Pinkerton Academy Air Force Junior ROTC Color Guard

 Here Chief Chuck Porter is giving last minute instructions to members of the color guard while Brother Ellsworth, on left, is hurrying to stack the rifles.

Here Brother Ellsworth is getting some help stacking the rifles from Brother Andrew.  

                 Also in attendance were:

 L-R: Commander, Richard Tripp, John from Pinkerton Academy Band who did a fine rendition of Taps which brought me to tears and Chief Porter.



Chaplain Dumont of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Riders.   On his right is Amy, Grandniece of last year's honoree and in the background some Derry Veterans.


  Charlie Morton, a member  of "the greatest generation" .   Charlie was this years Grand Marshall of the Derry Memorial Day parade.


This photo shows the back   of Chaplain Dumont's vest:


                                The ceremony

Here the Pinkerton Academy Air Force Junior ROTC and the Sleeper Color Guard prepare to step off while the ladies of the Sleeper Auxiliary wait to fall in line.

 Brother Vern, Chaplain of Sleeper SUVCW gives the opening prayer. 

Brother Vern plays, America, on his harmonica while Auxiliary President, Sister Elly listens.


Sister Dorothy speaks to the onlookers about the significance of the Medal of Honor while Sisters Rachel, Georgette and Elly listen.  After this members took turns reading "In His Own Words" from the Deeds of Valor.  In the book,  Pvt. Tabor describes in detail the action he took which he earned the Medal Of Honor.  During the reading, Brother Vern softly played Battle Hymn of the Republic in the background.


 After this, Auxiliary President Elly placed the wreath and Sister Dorothy placed the flag in the G.A.R. flag holder.  Then, Brother Ellsworth with the assistance of Brother Andrew fired the rifles.

 The closing prayer and the playing of Taps concluded the ceremony.  Afterwards, some of us posed for a group photo.

Thank you to Pat O'Donnell, a member of the Friends of Forest Hill Cemetery, for using my camera & taking all of the above photos.  I was wondering just how I was going to accomplish that feat when Pat stepped in and offered.  

        Memorial Day Service 2008

The Gilman E. Sleeper, Camp #60 Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War and its Auxiliary held a memorial service at the gravesite of Corporal John Parker  who was killed June 1, 1864 at the battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia.  In attendance was Cpl. Parker's grandniece.