In accordance with the Rules and regulations, Friday, the 30th will be observed as memorial day by the Comrades of this department.
The Wisconsin Legislature of 1879. having by law declared the 30th day of May a legal Holiday, it is to be hoped that the day will be more generally observed by all classes of our citizens than ever before.
Let it be remembered that the brave soldiers whose deeds we commemorate, whose deeds we cherish, and whose patriotism we should ever emulate, give their lives a willing sacrifice upon the alter of their country, not for any one class or condition but for all the people that equal rights and universal liberty might be secured for them and their posterity. Then let all join with us, their comrades in paying our annual tribute of love and affection to those who fell in the cause of freedom.
And in decorating the graves of those who were permitted to die among their kindred and friends, and who rest in the many beautiful cemeteries throughout our noble commonwealth do not forget those equally dear and as sincerely mourned, who sleep in unknown graves on every battlefield of the war, whose resting place, if marked at all, bears the simple solemn word ‘unknown’ but let us set apart some pleasant spot and dedicate it to their memories by raising a mausoleum of the choicest flowers interspersed with evergreen emblematic of our love for them; for thought their resting place is not known to us, yet we will in our hearts keep their memories green and their record of heroic deeds untarnished.