MOUNT CARMEL — On May 5, 1868, Gen. John A. Logan, commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued General Order No. 11, which stated “that the 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.”

On Sunday, the 537th “Changing of the Colors” flag ceremony was held at Second and Oak streets in honor and memory of a veteran of the American Civil War.

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