We Salute Our Veterans – Continuing the Love and Honor

The American Revolutionary War ended over 200 years ago, yet two groups, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Sons of the American Revolution, continue to honor those who fought for the freedom we have today.

Taken from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution 50th Anniversary Yearbook:

“The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded October 11, 1890 for historic, educational, and patriotic service: (1) to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence; (2) to carry out the injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American people; (3) to cherish, maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, to foster true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty.”

In 2017, Hanover’s Colonel Richard McCalister Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will celebrate its 90-year anniversary.

Lucy Forney-Bittinger built and donated a beautiful chapel as a monument of to honor her ancestors and for future generations to use in memorializing their loved ones. The chapel features bronze tablets depicting several of the members of the Forney and Bittinger families who served during the American Revolutionary War. Built of local limestone and of wood from a family farm, the chapel represents the love, honor, and patriotic values of all men who served during the American Revolutionary War.

Join us in honoring our Veterans in two upcoming events.

“We Salute Our Veterans” Observance held at Mount Olivet Cemetery with the flag-salute-silhouetteGod Bless America Motor Cycle Color Guard  Sunday, November 6, 2016 beginning at 2:00 PM in the cemetery’s Garden of Honor.

Wreaths Across America emblemThe “Wreaths Across America,” will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2016 beginning at 11:50 AM at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

 

We Salute Our Veterans – American Revolutionary War

Mount Olivet Cemetery is rich in history. Would you believe that 1400+ men and women who served our country are buried here?

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission published a booklet, Information Leaflet #5, stating that the American Revolutionary War ‘was an armed demonstration to protest the treatment being accorded by the British government.’  According to this leaflet, the duration of this war was 1775-1783, and Pennsylvania had men who rose to defend their country’s freedom.

Mount Olivet Cemetery is the final resting place for eight known veterans from the American Revolutionary War.

  • Col. Richard McAllister

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    Shown above, the blue and red wool uniform coat is one example of military dress in the Pennsylvania State Museum’s collection, and which is attributed to Henry Felty of York County. Felty appears in the muster rolls of the 8th Battalion, 1st Company of the York County Militia in 1778 and is listed in the 7th Battalion, 2nd Company in 1779. (http://statemuseumpa.org/washingtons-army-buttons)
  • Henry Felty
  • Jacob Eichelberger, Sr.
  • Captain Casper Reineker
  • Henry DeWald
  • Christopher Slagle
  • Col. Henry Slagle
  • Johan Heinrich Welsch

Ninety years ago the Colonel Richard McCalister Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was established. McCalister and his family were buried in Emanuel Church Cemetery in Hanover, and later reinterred to Mount Olivet Cemetery.

These facts and more are yet to be discovered at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Come on out to help us celebrate our veterans on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2:oo PM at the Garden of Honor at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 725 Baltimore Street, Hanover, PA.

We Salute Our Veterans – Pre American Revolutionary War

Mount Olivet Cemetery is rich in history and of many interesting stories waiting to be told.  Stories of our men and women who served our country during war and peacetime number 1400+,          and, unfortunately, continues to grow.

flag-salute-silhouette The French and Indian War, aka Seven Years War, is recorded as having been fought between 1756 and 1763. It precedes the American Revolutionary War. It was a time when the French Colonies and Great Britain clashed.

Between 1759 and 1761, the Cherokee War was fought between the English Colonies and the Cherokee Indians. There may have been other wars fought before the American Revolutionary War are not mentioned in this  post.

To our knowledge, there are no veterans from these wars buried in our cemetery. I mention these wars because they led to the American Revolutionary War, which I will share with you in next week’s blog.

Remember to mark your calendars…

Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM

‘We Salute Our Veterans’ Observance

Garden of Honor at Mount Olivet Cemetery

725 Baltimore Street, Hanover, PA 17331

http://www.mtolivetcemeteryassociation.org

We Salute Our Veterans

Mount Olivet Cemetery is rich in history and of many interesting stories waiting to be told.  Stories of our men and women who served our country during war and peacetime number 1400+,          and, unfortunately, continues to grow.

Oflag-salute-silhouetten Sunday, November 6, 2016 beginning at 2:00 PM in the Garden of Honor at Mount Olivet Cemetery, we will honor those men and women who served our country, beginning with our American Revolutionary War flagpolesPatriots.

Each week preceding the Veteran’s Day Program, a different war and group of veterans buried at our cemetery, which was opened in 1859, will be highlighted.

Stay tuned for next week’s post and please feel free to share these posts.  Until next week……

 

 

12th Annual Pet Memorial Service Reminder

If you have a pet that died and is buried in Pet Haven at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Hanover, you can have its name memorialized at our 12th Annual Pet Memorial Service and Blessing on Sunday, September 11 at 2 PM.  Call the cemetery office at 717-637-5294 before August 31st!!
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Pet Memorial Service and Blessing

Pet HavenThe 12th Annual Pet Memorial Service and Blessing will be held Sunday, September 11, 2016 beginning at 2 PM. Pet Haven at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 725 Baltimore Street, Hanover, PA.

Share in the fellowship of those families who buried their pets at Pet Haven and learn about our community service providers and what they can do for pet owners.

If you have questions, you may contact us at 717-637-5294.

2016 Memorial Day Observances

Just in time for Memorial Day, the flags fly high and proud on the recently reinstalled flagpoles!

On Sunday, May 29th the 6th Annual SSGT Jeremy Redding Motorcycle Ride will leave the rear of M.O.M.s Restaurant located at 1039 Baltimore Street, Hanover at 1:00 PM and arrive at Mount Olivet Cemetery shortly thereafter.  Look for the flagpoles in the Garden of Honor, facing towards the Giant Grocery Store. Contact Steve Redding, 717-451-5849 with your questions.

On Monday, May 30th Hanover’s Memorial Day Observance will commence at the Soldiers Monument in Mount Olivet Cemetery following the end of the parade, which begins about 8:30 AM.  The Soldiers Monument is located inside the gate at the cemetery office.

Mount Olivet Cemetery is located at 725 Baltimore Street, Hanover, PA.

On behalf of Mount Olivet Cemetery, we wish you a safe and memorable holiday.