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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 6., The Lawrence Light Guard.—Continued. (search)
ts made the knapsack boxes from lumber furnished by the company. A Magee stove was set up, and somebody gave free gratis, as the records say, a blacking box and a fluid can. It was voted to buy a step ladder, if not too expensive. When the company thought itself quite well settled, the Good Genius made some needed improvements in the drill room. Later, portraits of nearly all the comrades who died in the war were placed in the armory. At the dedication of the Soldiers' Monument, September 6, 1866, the company paraded in uniform with side arms. The granite shaft bears on its marble tablets the names of all the Medford men who perished in the war. May 30, 1868, the first Memorial Day, the Light Guard visited the graves of departed comrades in Medford and in the Catholic Cemetery in Malden. The old colors were draped and carried by Pyam Cushing, Jr., one of the company of 1861. Every year since then, except in 1898, when the command was on duty at Gloucester, the Light Guard