George F. Fuller Post, No. 257 – Manistique, MI

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The George F. Fuller Post, No. 257 – Grand Army of  The Republic 

The Fuller Grand Army of the Republic Post was organized in Schoolcraft County on June 16th, 1884.  This fraternity was open to honorably discharged veterans who had served in the Union Army during the American Civil War (1861-1865).  The G.A.R. post in Manistique was named after George F. Fuller.  Mr. Fuller served with the 45th Pennsylvania Infantry and was enlisted into Co. E as a Private on November 13, 1864.  He was discharged on July 17, 1865 at Alexandria, Virginia.  Mr. Fuller moved to Michigan with his family after the war and eventually settled in Schoolcraft County.  He died in 1875.   At the time of the organization of the Fuller GAR post, Mr. Fuller was the only soldier buried in the Lakeview Cemetery.

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Memorial-Decoration Day History, Schoolcraft County

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Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

The above picture shows early Memorial Day parades in Manistique.  The parades featured not only veterans from foreign wars but also the Civil War.  Several bands were part of the parades along with the Woman’s Relief Corps, Red Cross, Catholic Benevolent Association, and Daughters of Veterans.  Schoolchildren marched in formation with their teachers along with the 200-member Garden Club.

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