May is already halfway through, and Memorial Day is approaching. Many see this holiday as the unofficial start to summer, and although the parties and parades are fun, we must never forget those who have fallen in defense of the United States of America. To honor those who paid the ultimate price in defending our freedoms, all community members are invited to Locust Hill Cemetery to honor those brave men who perished in defense of the values that shape the rights and liberties we enjoy today.
On Saturday, May 27th, guests are invited to the historic Locust Hill Cemetery for a Memorial Day remembrance ceremony. Locust Hill Cemetery, located at 73 Hart Ave, Trenton, NJ 08618, is home to at least 10 African American Civil War veterans, earning the designation of Trenton’s most significant remaining African American burial ground. Although much has changed since these soldiers heroically fought, the city has grown and evolved in incredible ways, but what has not changed is the honor and bravery of those men who bravely served. This event is an excellent opportunity for the entire community to dive deeper into its history, offer their respects for those who served, and put into context what this holiday is all about.
Kicking off at 11 a.m., the public is invited to join in honoring the veterans interred at Locust Hill in a traditional flag placement and remembrance ceremony. Ten flags will be planted in the Cemetery sod during the ceremony, one for each Civil War veteran buried there. The exact locations of their graves are unknown, and the veterans’ identity is “known only to God.” Regardless, they will be remembered with reverence and gratitude for their service during our nation’s most excellent hour of trial.
Locust Hill African Cemetery and Museum is invaluable to Trenton’s history. Over the years, the cemetery has undergone significant restoration efforts to ensure that the Black lives laid to rest in this space are given the respect and honor they deserve. Since it was initially opened in the 1800s, Locust Hill Cemetery was given the distinction as the earliest African American burial site in the City of Trenton. This is a truly sacred space with a profound and rich history. The upcoming Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony is the perfect opportunity to honor those who served and now rest in the Capital City.
The flag placement is sponsored by several impactful community organizations, including the 6th Regiment U.S. Colored Troops Reenactors, the Kiwanis Club of Trenton, and the City of Trenton Department of Recreation, Natural Resources, and Culture. The ceremony is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. If you have any questions before the event, please contact (609) 208-9991 for additional details.