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[p. 55] new ‘American Legion,’ and other affiliated organizations are making themselves such a vital force that Memorial Day will continue to be a day of veneration, of faith, of triumph. Its future is secure.

Memorial day in Medford.

May 30, 1919, was an ideal day. The memorial exercises for the day were in charge of Samuel C. Lawrence Post, 66, G. A. R.

This Post, with other affiliated organizations, formed at Grand Army hall, and joined by members of the city government, marched to Oak Grove cemetery, where the usual Memorial Day services were held. This year they were particularly impressive. From Oak Grove the march was resumed, and the Cross street and Salem street cemeteries were visited and the graves of comrades decorated. Returning to Grand Army hall, a dinner was served by the Women's Relief Corps and the Daughters of Veterans to the members of the Grand Army and the Sons of Veterans.

Year by year the thinning ranks of the Grand Army remind us that half a century has passed since the close of the Civil War; but on this ‘Memorial Day’ years seem to have vanished, for the ranks are filled again with young men—men of the ‘American Legion’— who march proudly side by side with the veterans of ‘61 and ‘98.

Our Medford Post, 66, has now fifty-two names on its roll; of these, thirty-two comrades took part in the exercises of the day.

George L. Stokell, Commander.

Albert W. Patch, Senior Vice-Commander.

Charles O. Burbank, Junior Vice-Commander.

George D. Kellam, Adjutant.

Albert A. Samson, Quartermaster.

Milton F. Roberts, Surgeon.

Joseph A. Chapin, Chaplain.

Albert G. Webb, Officer of the Day.

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