Sponsored by the Hunterdon County Historical Society and the 300th Committee, this annual cemetery seminar, “Hunterdon County at War: The Home Front” will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10:30 until 2:00 pm at the Presbyterian Church, 10 East Main Street in Flemington, NJ.
This year’s “Cemener” will explore the question of how our fallen heroes were honored or neglected, handled or mishandled from the Revolutionary War to World War I.
Multiple speakers will discuss a broad overview of past burial practices for war dead, tracing how America has evolved from “bury him where he falls” to “bring him home so he can rest in American soil, at Federal expense”. Speakers will also focus on the American Civil War and how the treatment of the dead evolved with embalming advances and changing sensitivities. The history of changes in practices during WW1 will be covered, as well as embalming methods and burials of the war dead.
The lectures will be followed by a 30 minute lunch provided by Jersey Mike’s, ending with tours of the Flemington Presbyterian Church graveyard where burials of veterans from most wars in which the United States was involved are interred. A commemoration of WWI veterans will be held in honor of the U.S. entrance into the War in 1917.
Registration is required; $10 by mail to Cemetery Committee, Hunterdon County Historical Society, 114 Main Street, Flemington, NJ 08822 or register online: www.hunterdon300th.org.