61st Graveside Memorial Anniversary honoring Uncle Sam Wilson of Troy, New York

Location
186 Oakwood Avenue, Troy, NY 12180

Date

Date

Sep 12
Sep 12

Time

Time

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

More Information:

On Thursday evening, September 12th at 6:00 pm, the Veterans of Lansingburgh will host the annual service in Troy’s historic Oakwood Cemetery to commemorate the 253rd birthday of Uncle Sam.   The graveside ceremony is a rich tradition. Each year since September 13, 1958, without interruption, a group of veterans and citizens have honored Samuel Wilson at his graveside.

 

In late 1957, Congressman Dean Taylor called a handful of WWI and WWII veterans to his office to form a committee named Veterans for Uncle Sam: their mission was to raise awareness of Sam Wilson, raise money, and lobby Congress to resolve that Sam Wilson of Troy, NY is the real Uncle Sam. In 1958, a small graveside ceremony was held on the September 13th birthday, the first of many future events and efforts to educate the citizens about Uncle Sam. Eventually, the committee grew to over 50 members with many others assisting with various events, including the first Uncle Sam Birthday parade in 1959, held in downtown Troy.   After several trips to Washington and congressional testimonies by committee members, local congressmen, historians, and Troy’s mayor Hon. Neil Kelleher, the mission was successful. On September 15, 1961, the 87th U.S. Congress passed a resolution proclaiming Sam Wilson, of Troy, NY, as the progenitor of Uncle Sam; it was then signed by President John F. Kennedy.

 

Originally sponsored by the Tibbits Cadets, the graveside ceremony is now sponsored by the Veterans of Lansingburgh, Inc.

 

WHAT: 61st Anniversary honoring Uncle Sam at graveside ceremony

 

WHEN: 6:00 p.m., Thursday, September 12, 2019

 

WHERE: Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, New York

 

WHO: sponsored by Veterans of Lansingburgh, President PJ Higgitt

 

Thursday’s program will be held at Uncle Sam’s grave in Oakwood Cemetery; signs are placed along route to grave. Chairs will be provided along with a tent, if needed.

 

Guest speaker is Kathryn T. Sheehan, Rensselaer County and Troy City Historian. The Veterans of Lansingburgh Color Guard and Uncle Sam Chorus and various veteran groups will participate in the service. Flag raising will be performed by the Troy Detachment Marine Corp League and a wreath will be presented by the Disabled American Veterans.

 

EVENT CONTACT:

PJ Higgitt

phone: 518-221-3428         email:   [email protected]

 

The members of the Veterans of Lansingburgh

continue to serve their community as their Veterans served their country –

with honor, valor and pride!

                                                   “If you love your freedom, thank a Vet!”

On Thursday evening, September 12th at 6:00 pm, the Veterans of Lansingburgh will host the annual service in Troy’s historic Oakwood Cemetery to commemorate the 253rd birthday of Uncle Sam.   The graveside ceremony is a rich tradition. Each year since September 13, 1958, without interruption, a group of veterans and citizens have honored Samuel Wilson at his graveside.

 

In late 1957, Congressman Dean Taylor called a handful of WWI and WWII veterans to his office to form a committee named Veterans for Uncle Sam: their mission was to raise awareness of Sam Wilson, raise money, and lobby Congress to resolve that Sam Wilson of Troy, NY is the real Uncle Sam. In 1958, a small graveside ceremony was held on the September 13th birthday, the first of many future events and efforts to educate the citizens about Uncle Sam. Eventually, the committee grew to over 50 members with many others assisting with various events, including the first Uncle Sam Birthday parade in 1959, held in downtown Troy.   After several trips to Washington and congressional testimonies by committee members, local congressmen, historians, and Troy’s mayor Hon. Neil Kelleher, the mission was successful. On September 15, 1961, the 87th U.S. Congress passed a resolution proclaiming Sam Wilson, of Troy, NY, as the progenitor of Uncle Sam; it was then signed by President John F. Kennedy.

 

Originally sponsored by the Tibbits Cadets, the graveside ceremony is now sponsored by the Veterans of Lansingburgh, Inc.

 

WHAT: 61st Anniversary honoring Uncle Sam at graveside ceremony

 

WHEN: 6:00 p.m., Thursday, September 12, 2019

 

WHERE: Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, New York

 

WHO: sponsored by Veterans of Lansingburgh, President PJ Higgitt

 

Thursday’s program will be held at Uncle Sam’s grave in Oakwood Cemetery; signs are placed along route to grave. Chairs will be provided along with a tent, if needed.

 

Guest speaker is Kathryn T. Sheehan, Rensselaer County and Troy City Historian. The Veterans of Lansingburgh Color Guard and Uncle Sam Chorus and various veteran groups will participate in the service. Flag raising will be performed by the Troy Detachment Marine Corp League and a wreath will be presented by the Disabled American Veterans.

 

EVENT CONTACT:

PJ Higgitt

phone: 518-221-3428         email:   [email protected]

 

The members of the Veterans of Lansingburgh

continue to serve their community as their Veterans served their country –

with honor, valor and pride!

                                                   “If you love your freedom, thank a Vet!”