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Muncy’s Memorial Day Parade with Civil War Theme

By Staff | May 24, 2011

At 11 a.m., Monday, May 30 Muncy’s Memorial Day paraders will begin marching from Geringer Social Hall, N. Main Street, walking south on Main Street to East Penn Street and on to the Muncy Cemetery.

Tom Taylor, a well-known bagpiper from Sullivan County, will be in the lead, followed by the 149th Bucktails Volunteer Infantry reenactors and their civilians. A period horse-drawn hearse and the Muncy Historical Society’s circa 1860s Pennsylvania Packet Boat will follow.

Civil War-era music will be provided by the 46th PA Regiment Band. The musicians of the 46th honor the Logan Guards Militia from Lewistown, the 46th PA Regiment, and the musicians from the Birdsboro Community Band who enlisted as a group and maintained the morale of the troops with their music throughout the war. One of the most unique features of this unit is that the band performs entirely on original instruments from the mid- to late-19th Century (with the exception of the drums, as these were made from wood, which decomposes over time) to enhance the authenticity of their impression. The band performs concerts throughout the local community, as well as participating in living histories and battle reenactments across the Eastern United States.

David Richards, Gettysburg battlefield guide, is this year’s featured speaker. Richards is considered an authority on Pennsylvania Civil War units and the soldiers that served from the Lycoming County area. Since he began his professional vocation, Richards has written numerous articles for local historical societies and veteran publications and his first book, Priceless Treasures, was published in 2001 by the Muncy Historical Society. Priceless Treasures is a detailed study of the Soldiers’ Memorial in Muncy Cemetery along with individual biographies of the seventy-one soldiers from the Muncy vicinity who lost their lives during the Civil War.

The 46th PA Regiment Band will provide music during the cemetery program and also perform taps following the 21-gun salute.