Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2017

Memorial Day Weekend at Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery: May 27 – 29, 2017

Saturday Night Luminary

At the cemetery, candles burned throughout Saturday night honoring the more than 3,550 Southern soldiers interred there.  From 6 -7:30 p.m. historian Dan Janzegers conducted a public tour of the cemetery.  At 7:30 p.m. Private Samuel R. Ard of South Carolina was remembered with the dedication of a new stone, emplaced at his gravesite by the Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg.  Pvt. Ard’s family was in attendance.  The event included music by Evergreen Shade.   It closed with a Volley from the SCV Matthew Fontaine Maury Camp and “Taps” performed by Roy Barton Perry, camp musician.

Memorial Day Ceremony

The Fredericksburg Ladies Memorial Association continued its 151-year Memorial Day tradition with a commemoration at the cemetery on Monday morning, May 29th.  Former president of Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, Dr. Michael Stevens, gave the address entitled “Memory and Meaning.”  Evergreen Shade accompanied the strewing of flower petals around the monument with Robert E. Lee’s favorite hymn, “How Firm A Foundation.”  Attendees were deeply moved by Roy Perry’s reading of his poem,“The Sentinel” and by the release of doves in honor of the 3,550 Confederates resting in peace.  The Reverend John Reid delivered the invocation and benediction, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans Maury Camp performed the military honors.


Memorial Day 2016

Monday, May 30th

The 150th Memorial Day Observance took place Saturday, May 28th. Dan Janzengers gave a tour of the Cemetery at 6:30pm. At dusk The United Daughters of the Confederacy and volunteers lit the luminaries. It was a somber, peaceful sight to see.

On Monday, May 30th, The Ladies’ Memorial Association hosted the 150th observance ceremony. It began with the Massing of the Colors by the Confederate Veterans and Boy Scout Troop 179. The speaker was Andrew Talkov, who spoke on Lizzie Alsop’s story.

A highlight of the day was “Bring Flowers, Pale Flowers,” the traditional strewing of petals by descendants and friends of Ladies’ Memorial Association. Following the Volley by Sons of Confederates, taps was played by Roy Barton Perry, Jr., 1st Lt. Commander and Camp Musician, Matthew Fontaine Maury Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans. Also played during the event was wonderful period music by Ever Green Shade.


Memorial Day 2015

The 149th Memorial Day Observance took place on Saturday, May 23. Dan Janzegers gave a tour of the Cemetery at 6:30pm. At dusk The United Daughters of The Confederacy lit the luminaries. It was a beautiful sight to see.

On Monday, May 25th The Ladies Memorial Association hosted the 149th Memorial Day observance ceremony. Steven Johnson gave this year’s speech. You can read it here.

You can also read about the ceremony on Fredericksburg.Today.

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Memorial Day 2014

Please enjoy the photos from this year’s ceremony.

A special thank you goes to The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Fredericksburg Chapter #163, for all their hard work on the Luminary.



Please enjoy this video courtesy of the Free Lance-Star. You can view the original page HERE.

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Memorial Day 2012

All still photos on this website are courtesy of Dan ‘Big French’ Janzegers.

Read Jerry Brent’s Memorial Day 2010 speech HERE.



Memorial Day 2008