Join us on Sunday, May 24, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Confederate Section of Old City Cemetery to celebrate Decoration Day. After a brief ceremony, participants will lay fresh cut flowers on the graves of 2,200 Civil War soldiers buried in the Cemetery. Please help us decorate all 2,200 graves by bringing cut flowers from your own garden to the ceremony.
This beautiful and moving ceremony recreates exactly what was done during Lynchburg’s first Memorial Day, held on May 10, 1866. Residents gathered in Old City Cemetery to leave humble memorials on the graves of the recent war dead, before there were any headstones or monuments to mark them.
During the ceremony we will also dedicate a new Virginia Civil War Trails marker, which describes the important role of women in Lynchburg’s Civil War hospitals. The marker was recently installed just inside the archway to the Confederate Section.
There are 2,200 soldiers from 14 different states buried in the Confederate Section of Old City Cemetery. The Cemetery was established in 1806 and is now a Virginia Historic Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. Today it is the most visited historic site in the City of Lynchburg.
All events are sponsored by the Southern Memorial Association.
Please contact us for more information about the Old City Cemetery or any of these events.
SEASONS IN THE CEMETERY
Peak of Bloom for Antique Roses: Last two weeks of May
Peak of Bloom for Lotus Pond: July and August
Peak of Fall Foliage: Last two weeks of October
Peak of Bird Population: First week of June
Peak of Butterfly Population: August