In this image we see a parade that was taking shape on a beautiful, spring-time Thursday morning in Bedford. The parade was in celebration of Memorial Day. The band led the participants to the Bedford and Fairview cemeteries where they decorated soldier's graves. That afternoon, the band also provided music for a ceremony in City Park.
Related photo: See Bedford, July 4, 1911 in the Bandwagon series.
The Times-Republican, Bedford
Thursday, May 16, 1912
MEMORIAL ADDRESS BY REV. J.A. CURRIE
Plans Are Complete for Observance of Memorial Day by Sedgwick Post.
COMMITTEES ARE AT WORK
Memorial Sunday Will be Observed With Sermon by Rev. W.B. Thompson
...Exercises May 30.
Sedgwick post, No. 10, Grand Army of the Republic will rendezvous at 8 o'clock on the morning of May 30 at Memorial Hall and march to the Mohler cemetary and decorate soldiers' graves there. At 10 o'clock the several bodies in the procession will form in column on Court avenue, right of column resting on Main street, as follows: Sedgwick post, G.A.R., W.R.C. and band in autos, school children, under direction of Comrades Winder and Baille, citizens in carriages, president of the day, speaker of the day.
The parade will start promptly at 10:30 o'clock for the Bedford cemetary, where graves will be decorated. A return will be made to Fairview cemetery, where graves will be decorated and appropriate ceremonies will take place.
Members of the post and the corps will assemble at Memorial hall at 1:30 o'clock in the afternoon and proceed to the Court park, where there will be an appropriate program...
Bedford Free Press
Thursday, June 6, 1912
Memorial Day in Bedford.
Memorial Day was observed in Bedford in the usual way and the program as published was carried out. The weather was ideal, seldom have we had such a beautiful day. In the morning the members of the G.A.R. and the W.R.C. in 24 automobiles formed on Court street and headed by the band went to the cemeteries where the graves of loved ones and comrades were decorated. In the afternoon at the City Park a program of special msuic was furnished by the band and singers of the city, followed by the address of the day which was given by Rev. Currie of the Presbyterian church. The address was an excellent one and was listened to by a large and appreciative audience.